Sunday, May 27, 2018

Judge in Edwards trial meets with attorneys on 'juror issue'

Jurors in the corruption trial of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards ended their sixth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict on Friday and will not come back to court until Tuesday because of the holiday weekend.

Before dismissing the jury, Judge Catherine Eagles briefly cleared the courtroom in Greensboro, N.C., of spectators to discuss a "juror issue" with the prosecution and defense lawyers.

Once she reopened court, she warned the jurors to discuss the case only when the full complement of 12 was present. "You shouldn't talk about the case in small groups," she said. She also planned to resume court at 9 a.m. in case the jury issue needed more attention.

The jury must decide whether Edwards should be convicted on six campaign finance and conspiracy charges.

Jury behavior has drawn attention in recent days. On Thursday, the four alternate jurors came to court in yellow shirts. On Friday, they wore red. Two of the women alternates also giggled and glanced at Edwards, prompting speculation by courtroom observers that at least one of them was flirting.

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