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Shanahan predicted the defense will call Cate Edwards, a 30-year-old lawyer, to help humanize her father to jurors. Since Elizabeth Edwards’ death, John Edwards has tried to lead a quiet life in Chapel Hill raising his two school-age children, Emma Claire and Jack. He also financially supports his youngest daughter, Francis Quinn Hunter, who is now 4 and lives in Charlotte with her mother.

Though Rielle Hunter’s name is still on the list of potential witnesses, Shanahan said he would be surprised if the defense calls her to the stand.

Said Shanahan: “To bring in Ms. Hunter brings in a lot of negatives.”