Bloomberg News

CHICAGO - Bank One Corp. said Tuesday it had hired a new chief legal officer, Christine Edwards, who last year resigned from Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. when an internal probe found she let the firm pay an informant $10,000 to help get a former employee arrested.

Ms. Edwards, 47, resigned from the nation's second-largest brokerage firm in June after the former employee, Christian Curry, sued Morgan Stanley for $1.35 billion, saying he was fired because he was black and because nude pictures of him appeared in a gay pornographic magazine.

Most recently, Ms. Edwards was chief legal counsel at ABN Amro North America, a Chicago-based unit of Amsterdam's ABN Amro Holding NV. She now reports to James Dimon, chairman and chief executive officer of Bank One, who is rebuilding top management in an attempt to regain investor confidence.

Mr. Dimon is still looking for a chief financial officer to replace Robert Rosholt, who resigned last month, and a new head of capital markets to oversee trading and bond underwriting.

Ms. Edwards succeeds Sherman I. Goldberg, who died in March.

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