Rielle Hunter: John Edwards' mistress yet to appear at trial, but her prescence is felt

• Josh Brumberger, yet another former campaign aide, testified that he was with Edwards at a New York bar when Hunter first met the candidate. Brumberger said it was not unusual for strange women to approach Edwards on the campaign trail, and he would often have to intervene on the candidate's behalf.

"My normal bag of tricks included, 'Got a big day tomorrow, got to rest,'" Brumberger said.

Brumberger said he recognized Hunter from the bar several weeks later when she began working as a videographer for the campaign. "It was a cause of concern," Brumberger testified.

Edwards faces six criminal counts—including conspiracy, four counts of receiving illegal campaign contributions and one count of making false statements—for allegedly soliciting and secretly spending over $925,000 to cover up his affair with Hunter. If convicted on all six counts, Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

Hunter lives in Charlotte with Frances Quinn, her daughter with Edwards. It's not clear whether she will testify.

Before meeting Edwards, Hunter lived something of a colorful life—so colorful, she changed her name. In the 1980s, Hunter—then-Lisa Druck—dated novelist Jay McInerney, whose 1988 "Story of My Life" is told from the point of view of a point of view of a Hunter-like character.

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