‘Flirty’ Juror: No intention of flirting with Edwards
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The rumors about an alternate juror flirting with John Edwards were addressed the day after Edwards was found not guilty on one of the six charges he faced accusing him of taking a illegal campaign contributions.
Alternate juror Denise Speight, along with another alternate juror and three jurors, talked about the case during an interview on ABC on Friday.
In the last week of the trial, the jury made national headlines over reported “flirting.” Speight was said to be “exchanging smiles” with Edwards. She addressed those allegations on Friday.
“I thought it was just the most funny thing I’ve ever heard. Actually I was giggling over, I think, the media reaction when we walked into the courtroom over our outfits and color. No intention of flirting with John Edwards and I don’t think he had any intentions of blushing or flirting back with me,” Speight, a pharmacist and mother, said.
Following nine days of deliberations, juror Jonathan Nunn — who is a maintenance technician at UNC — told ABC News he voted not guilty on all counts. He added votes during deliberations were “weighted one way” and discussions got tense at times.
“Everybody’s got their own beliefs based on what they saw,” Nunn said. “They stood by their decision and I respect that. Twelve people, trying to get them to see eye to eye is going to be hard in any aspect.
One of the jurors, Theresa Fuller, told ABC News’ Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos that she didn’t even think the case should have come to trial at all.
“I felt like the evidence just wasn’t there. It could have been more. It could have been a lot more than what it was,” she said.
Edwards was accused of using about $1 million in undisclosed payments from campaign donors to cover up an affair during his 2008 White House bid.
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