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GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s been a whirlwind month for Dave Recchion. The High Point accountant spent several days listening to emotional testimony in the John Edwards trial, followed by nine days of jury deliberation and a weekend full of network television interviews.

He says during deliberations every juror felt the burden of making a fair decision based on the evidence, which is why they prayed together daily.

“I think many of us felt defeated at the end of the deliberations because, there was never an objective for the middle column, it was either guilty or not guilty,” he said. “So for us not to get a check box on one side or the other, there was a sense of personally, did we accomplish what we were supposed to do.”

Recchion was comforted by many people who said they believed coming to a unanimous verdict in such a complicated trial would’ve been nearly impossible for anyone.

After nine days of deliberations, jurors stood firm on both sides of the guilty/not guilty scenario. Recchion says there are parts of the campaign finance law that seem ambiguous.

“If you`re running for president of the United States, isn`t everything affecting your campaign? That was a stumbling block for a lot of people because if you take it to the very highest level everything John Edwards was doing would`ve been to the betterment of the campaign,” said Recchion.

On the ninth day of jury deliberation, Recchion read a one page note he’d prepared to his fellow jurors. He thanked them for the experience, among other things.

“One of the things I did say as it related to this process, it is difficult based on the life experiences to come into this completely unbiased and so our objective was to check our biases at the door, as best we could, and look at the facts, look at the credibility of the testimony as well as the evidence and then also look at the instructions from the judge.”

As his life gets back to normal, Recchion says he has a new respect for the judicial process. He says the money that went into this trial was well spent because the jurors, judge, and others made sure the process kept its integrity.