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Edwards takes in ACC ballgame while awaiting jury verdict

Posted May 23, 2012

— Jurors deliberated for another six hours Wednesday without any resolution in the John Edwards campaign finance case.

The jury has now spent 22 hours in deliberations since last Friday. Wednesday was the first day, however, that they didn't ask to review any evidence introduced in the four-week trial.

While waiting on the jury, the former U.S. senator and two-time Democratic presidential candidate, took in some ACC baseball. The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship opened Wednesday in Greensboro, about two blocks from the courthouse.

"I might as well get an autograph while I can. You never know what's going to happen," said baseball fan Brian Badeau, who got Edwards to sign his ticket.

Prosecutors have accused Edwards, a former U.S. senator and two-time Democratic presidential candidate, of masterminding a scheme to use nearly $1 million in secret payments from Virginia heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Texas trial lawyer Fred Baron to help hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, as he sought the White House in 2008.

Defense attorneys argued Edwards had little direct knowledge of the cover-up, which they say was directed by Baron, his campaign finance chairman, and Edwards' one-time aide Andrew Young.

John Edwards at courthouse Fourth day of deliberations in Edwards case ends quietly

The only questions the jury has sent to U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles since they began deliberating involve testimony and exhibits linked to money from Mellon. It's unclear whether jurors have yet considered the charges involving Baron.

Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all six campaign finance corruption charges.

Because he has no prior criminal history, Edwards would likely face no more than four or five years behind bars under federal sentencing guidelines if convicted, said Kieran Shanahan, a Raleigh lawyer and former federal prosecutor who attended most of the trial.

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  • mhazouri May 24, 2012

    Which game did he go to? Is he humble enough now to admit that State is his alma mater?

  • not my real name May 24, 2012

    He better go while he can. They dont really look like they are enjoying it though.

  • heisenberg May 24, 2012

    Enjoy while you can Johnny boy. You'll be watching the playoffs with Madoff up in Butner.

  • forautumn May 24, 2012

    "Hopefully that will be his last game in a so called free world for a few years"

    Why? Because you don't like him?

  • wu May 24, 2012

    45% of you dudes are having affairs.........SO WHAT?

  • forautumn May 24, 2012

    "Kind of cocky taking in a ball game while his future is in somebody else's hands. But then again, he has always thought he was untouchable"

    LOL...sure. I imagine he is also eating meals and watching TV.

    Funny stuff.

  • dollibug May 24, 2012

    +++++Kind of cocky taking in a ball game while his future is in somebody else's hands. But then again, he has always thought he was untouchable.
    Disabled Vet

    It seems like some of the posters here think that Edwards no longer should be able to do whatever other people enjoy....he has had his day in court....and is only waiting for the outcome....do you really think he should just sit in a corner and do nothing? REALLY???????????????

  • unblankenbelievable May 24, 2012

    Hopefully that will be his last game in a so called free world for a few years.

  • piene2 May 24, 2012

    "Did tax payers pay for his ticket to the game?
    AX MAN"

    Most likely not but they probably are paying for his security which is right and proper considering the plethora of gun toting Yahoos we are forced to live with.

  • forautumn May 24, 2012

    "Did tax payers pay for his ticket to the game?"

    sure they did...right out of your pocket. Hurts, doesn't it?

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