Texas lawyers expect to play a role in the government’s criminal trial of former Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. The counts against Edwards include conspiracy, illegal campaign contributions and false statements. On April 12, the government and the defense identified Dallas litigator Lisa Blue, the widow of plaintiffs lawyer Fred Baron, as a witness in United States v. Edwards, which went to trial this week. Baron was the former finance chairman for Edwards’ presidential campaign. The government’s and defense’s lists of trial exhibits, filed on April 16, include emails among Blue, Baron and Rielle Hunter, the woman with whom Edwards has admitted having an affair. W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston says he is representing Blue “out of friendship.” Lanier says he expects Blue to be called to testify since prosecutors and defense lawyers have served subpoenas on her and both sides have told him they intend to put her on the stand -- he just doesn’t know when. “All she is going to do is tell the truth,” says Lanier.
-- Miriam Rozen