Jurors: Evidence, witnesses in Edwards case fell short
Three jurors from the John Edwards trial told Matt Lauer Friday morning on ‘Today’ that they believed Edwards was guilty of campaign finance law violations, but the government could not prove its case.
Jury foreman David Recchion, Cindy Aquaro and Ladonna Foster spoke with Lauer on Monday.
Aquaro told Lauer she thought Edwards was guilty of at least some counts, however he was smart enough to hide it and there was not enough evidence presented by the prosecution.
Lauer also asked the jurors if they believed Edwards is “a bad guy,” and they all three said no.
The jury deliberated for nearly 9 full days before reaching its decision Thursday afternoon. The jury reached a unanimous decision acquitting Edwards on one charge but remained deadlocked on five other counts.
A mistrial was declared on the deadlocked counts.
According to Recchion, the prosecution’s star witness Andrew Young was the weakest part of the case against Edwards. The jurors also said they believed Edwards was aware how campaign finance money was being used but the prosecution could not prove it.
Recchion told Lauer the jury was prepared to be ordered by Judge Catherine Eagles to go back and try again after initially informing her they were deadlocked on five counts. He said the jurors made a serious attempt to reach consensus before confirming they were deadlocked.
It still remains unclear whether the government will seek a new trial against Edwards on the remaining five counts.
Another juror, Theresa Fuller, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” the evidence “just wasn’t there.”