John Edwards Trial Juror
John Edwards Trial Juror, Jurors in John Edwards campaign corruption trial said Friday they were deadlocked on most charges because the former presidential contender never actually received any money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress, and they didn’t believe the star witness’ account of the cover-up.
On network talk shows, even jurors who thought Edwards was guilty on at least some of the six counts of campaign finance fraud said the prosecution simply didn’t have enough evidence. The jurors did not say what the split was, in terms of guilty votes.
“We tried to put our feelings aside and what we were doing was just looking at the facts to come up with a verdict,” juror Cindy Aquaro said on NBC’s “Today” show.
Juror Jonathan Nunn said he thought the money from the two wealthy donors were personal gifts, not campaign donations.
The jurors acquitted Edwards on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions and deadlocked on the other five.
“Everybody’s got their own beliefs based off of what they saw,” Nunn told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” ”They stood their ground. They stood by their decision and I respect that.”
Trial observers said the jury’s decision bore out criticism from the earliest stages of the case that it was a reach, that prosecutors went after the ex-U.S. senator without the kind of evidence that justified the charges that he masterminded a scheme to use campaign donations to hide his pregnant mistress from the public and his terminally ill wife. (AP)