Jury deliberations have stretched into a third day as observers began to speculate on the possibility of a divided jury never reaching a verdict.
Past Presidential candidate John Edwards is accused 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.
Deliberations began Friday morning and the verdicts on each of the charges must be unanimous for either guilty or innocent.
Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all six campaign finance corruption charges.
Edwards he has no prior criminal history, so if convicted he will likely face no more than four or five years behind bars under federal sentencing guidelines.