The jury in the John Edwards trial today told a federal judge it had reached a verdict on just one of six campanign-finance charges, sending the courtroom into a frenzy and hinting at a possible mistrial.
Jurors this afternoon informed Judge Catherine Eagles that they had reached a unanimous verdict only on Count 3 of the indictment. That charge pertains specifically to more than $700,000 in donations Rachel “Bunny” Mellon gave Edwards to allegedly cover up an extramarital affair and illegitimate child.
That verdict was not announced, however.
The judge then sent the deadlocked panel of eight men and four women back to the jury room to continue deliberations.
Edwards’ defense team proceeded to ask the judge to accept the verdict on Count 3 and declare a mistrial on the remaining charges. The judge is currently considering that motion.
The jury began deliberating on May 18 after a month of testimony.
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- Jurors Displaying Unique Behavior as Day 9 of Deliberations in the John Edwards Trial Approaches (foxnewsinsider.com)