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Pierce O’Donnell Pleads Guilty in Edwards Fundraising Case

Star litigator Pierce O’Donnell pled guilty today to making illegal contributions to the 2004 campaign of John Edwards.

O’Donnell has agreed to a six month prison sentence and a $20,000 fine. He’s charged with reimbursing employees of his law firm after they made “straw” donations to his campaign. In 2006 O’Donnell pled no contest to using a false name while making contributions to then-Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn’s campaign.

His sentencing will bring to a resolution a long legal saga, made all the more ironic given what happened to Edwards (facing his charges of misusing campaign funds) and campaign finance laws (which now allow for unlimited, undisclosed donations to groups that can advocate for or against candidates).

O’Donnell was perhaps most famous for representing Art Buchwald in his suit against Paramount, which exposed the studio’s use of accounting procedures to disguise profitability.

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