The John Edwards jury told a federal judge today it had reached a verdict only on one of six campanign-finance charges, sending the courtroom into confusion and opening the door to a mistrial.
Jurors told Judge Catherine Eagles they had reached a unanimous verdict only on Count 3 of the indictment. That charge pertains specifically to more than $700,000 in donations wealthy heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon gave Edwards to allegedly cover up an illicit affair and illegitimate child.
The verdict, however, was not announced.
After the jury informed the judge of its verdict, the judge sent the panel of eight men and four women back to the jury room.
Edwards’ defense team asked the judge to accept verdict on Count 3 and declare mistrial on other charges. The judge is considering the motion.
The jury began deliberating on May 18 after a month of testimony, which at times sounded more like a steamy soap opera than a trial on the intricacies of campaign finance rules.