Jury in Edwards trial requests 20 more exhibits

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The jury in the John Edwards trial asked once more to see additional pieces of evidence in the Thursday morning session at the federal courthouse in Greensboro.

The jury, now in its fifth day of deliberation, requested 19 pieces of evidence from the prosecution as well as one other piece from the defense — the first defense exhibit they’ve asked for since deliberations begun six days ago.

The specific government exhibits requested include Nos. 275, 290, 291, 293, 300, 301, 503, 504, 292, 294, 297, 298, 295, 303, 304, 307, 329, 699, 949.  (You can view the government’s evidence here.)

The defense exhibit was No. 1232.

After repeated requests for specific pieces of evidence, the judge said she would give them all of the exhibits just in case.

Jurors and court officials are now breaking for lunch, though deliberations will continue later Thursday afternoon.

The former Democratic presidential candidate is accused of orchestrating a plan to funnel money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

Edwards is charged with six felony counts related to campaign finance violations. If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 30 years in prison, though legal experts predict a term of less than five years would be more likely.