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Abe Jones, Judge In Rielle Hunter Case, Refused To Watch John Edwards Sex Tape

FILE - In this May 31, 2012 file photo, ex-presidential candidate John Edwards speaks outside a federal courthouse after his
FILE - In this May 31, 2012 file photo, ex-presidential candidate John Edwards speaks outside a federal courthouse after his campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial, in Greensboro, N.C. Jurors acquitted Edwards on one charge and deadlocked on the other five, unable to decide whether he used money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president and his wife was dying of cancer. His mistress, Rielle Hunter, has written a memoir about herself and her relationship with Edwards, and their daughter, set to be released June 26. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Abe Jones, a Superior Court judge in Wake County, N.C. who presided over a high-profile case involving former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' mistress and an infamous sex-tape, was voted off the bench earlier this month after 17 years of service.

In an exit interview with the Raleigh News and Observer, Jones revealed one of the more uncomfortable moments of the memorable lawsuit filed by Rielle Hunter, the woman who was uncovered as the mother of Edwards' child after a lengthy coverup.

When Andrew Young, the former Edwards aide being sued by Hunter, eventually turned over the video purporting to show Hunter and Edwards in the act, it quickly became the centerpiece of the case.

But Jones told the News and Observer that he refused to watch it.

“I just didn’t want to do it,” Jones said. “I sometimes see [Edwards] socially. I would feel like I was in his bedroom.”

Instead, he says he asked two female lawyers, one representing each party in the case, to watch it and relay to him the important parts.

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