"This isn't just an ordinary privacy case. This is about the demise of a presidential campaign," media attorney Nathan Siegel said in court today. "Those are events that the public has every right and interest in being able to follow closely."
Allison Van Lanningham, an attorney for Hunter, countered that public disclosure of the depositions could do further damage to Hunter's privacy interests.
"This is not a campaign finance case. This is not a case against Senator Edwards," Van Lanningham said. "This is a privacy case brought by Rielle Hunter to get her stuff back that was wrongly taken from her and to enforce her privacy rights."
But Young's lawyers noted that since filing the suit, Hunter has done a lengthy TV interview about the affair on the Oprah Winfrey Show and also sat for a GQ magazine profile that included provocative photographs of her while holding her daughter, Quinn.
"She talked about her relationship with a married man," said defense attorney Robert Elliot. "If there was any concern for privacy, I didn't see it.
WTVD reporter Tamara Gibbs contributed to this report.