One well-known member of Edwards's defense team, North Carolina attorney Wade Smith, has agreed to leave the case after prosecutors said he acknowledged in 2009 that the money paid to Hunter was a personal gift to Edwards and that Edwards was aware of the financial support.
"This was a conflict of the government's making," the new defense filing insists, hinting that prosecutors raised the issue to push Smith, a renowned trial attorney, off the case.
The defense also argues that the 2009 statement by Smith isn't relevant to the charges knowingly accepted in-kind campaign donations in 2007 and 2008. The filing says Smith stepped aside so that "the truth about this conversation (if relevant)" can be demonstrated if he's called as a witness at trial.
In other news Partisan Whore Melanie Sloan and her crappy group CREW are asking the court to dismiss charges against Mr. Edwards. Remember when Ms. Sloan claimed she was leaving CREW back in 2009? She will never leave.
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