Jury Still Unable to Reach Decision in Edwards Case
After the seventh day of jury deliberations in the ongoing trial of Sen. John Edwards still no decisions have been made about whether or not he broke the law while running for president.
US District Judge Catherine Eagles said to the jurors that they need to refocus their attention on the importance of not independently researching the case or reading about it. The judge was also crucial for them to keep the deliberations secret and to only discuss the case with the other 12 members of the panel present in the jury room.
Edwards is accused of receiving more than $900,000 from two supporters in order to keep the public from learning he was cheating on his wife, Elizabeth, while running for the Democratic presidential position.
The defense claims that the payments were intended as personal gifts and not campaign contributions in order to shield his wife from the affair as she was sick with cancer at the time. His wife died in 2010.
The jury must reach a unanimous verdict in order to convict or pardon Edwards of any of the six felony charges that are placed against him.
Despite the fact that another day and it without a verdict the judge created a bit of a stir in the courtroom as she described the jury’s progress late afternoon. “The jury sent me a note that they have a, uh…… good stopping point for the day.” This resulted in the courtroom erupted in laughter while the judge smiled.
The jurors give little indication so far as to whether or not they are close to reaching a decision. After coming back from a three-day holiday weekend the jury informed the judge of several upcoming schedule conflicts. Upon hearing this, the judge agreed to extend the next couple days of deliberations to accommodate for the jury’s personal request as the tribe stretched on into a six week.
The judge however did not comment on any of the private meeting she held over two days with Edwards and both sides of attorneys about undisclosed juror issue.