Jurors in Edwards trial resume deliberations after long weekend
The jury is back to deliberations in the John Edwards campaign finance trial after the long holiday weekend. Ed Scannell has been following the trial and joins us from downtown Greensboro with the latest.
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GREENSBORO -- After a long holiday weekend the jury in the John Edwards campaign finance trial picked up where they left off Friday. The 12 jurors have been mulling over the charges for the last seven days.
Jury deliberations got underway again Tuesday morning at the Federal Courthouse, but not before a closed door meeting between Judge Catherine Eagles, the jury and the attorneys from both sides.
Friday afternoon, Eagles announced she needed to address a juror matter in a closed courtroom. It's unclear what matters she discussed. But certainly there have been some courtroom hijinks while deliberations are underway.
Over several days last week, the four alternates wore matching colors to wait for deliberations. Another juror was also accused of "making eyes" at Edwards in the courtroom.
Former federal prosecutor Kieran Shanahan said it could be something as simple as a scheduling issue or much worse.
"If it's something more serious, like jurors deliberating the case outside the presence of the jury, that opens a pandora's box of issues," he said. "Both for the jurors who have potentially the judge's order and it opens the door to a potential mistrial in the case."