The Quiet Return of John Edwards

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June 5 2013 3:12 PM

The Quiet Return of John Edwards

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Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards (C) and his daughter Cate Edwards leave the federal court May 31, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina, after Edwards was acquitted on one count and a mistrial was declared on the five other counts after nine-days of jury deliberations in his corruption trial.

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After a lengthy hiatus, John Edwards is back in the news again. The last we heard of the former White House hopeful, he survived a lengthy trial on charges that he illegally used campaign funds in a failed attempt to protect the identity of his mistress, Rielle Hunter. (He was acquitted on one of six accounts; a mistrial was declared on the others.) Edwards' rumored next step? Opening a new law office in his home state later this year, via CNN:

The firm will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will focus on plaintiff work, the source said. Before entering politics, Edwards was a nationally known attorney who specialized in representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability lawsuits, earning millions.
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In addition to getting back to his lawyerly roots, Edwards appears to be mounting a return to the speaking circuit as well. He’s scheduled to speak later this week at a Florida conference hosted by marketing firm PMP, as part of a panel entitled "Historic Trials of the Century," which we’re guessing won’t focus on the days he spent as a defendant.

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