Jurors deliberating in John Edwards' campaign corruption trial are going home for the weekend and will resume their discussions Monday.
A judge dismissed the jurors after they deliberated for about five hours on Friday. The jurors requested a list of all of the trial exhibits as well as office supplies, suggesting they were settling in for detailed discussions.
Edwards is accused of orchestrating a plan to use money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress during his run for the 2008 White House.
His attorneys say he did not knowingly break the law and that the payments were gifts, not campaign contributions.
Edwards is charged with six criminal counts. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
Jurors deliberating in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial are asking to see several exhibits and they say they need office supplies to help with their discussions.
The request came about two hours after they started discussions Friday. The jurors asked for eight specific exhibits as well as a complete list of the exhibits. They also need a board and markers to write on it.
Edwards is accused of masterminding a plan to use money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the 2008 White House. Defense attorneys say Edwards did not knowingly break campaign finance laws. They also say the payments were a gift, not a campaign contribution.
He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
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Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of John Edwards, weighing nearly four weeks of testimony and evidence from the former presidential candidate's corruption trial.
Edwards is charged with six criminal counts including conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act, accepting contributions that exceeded campaign finance limits, and causing his campaign to file a false financial disclosure report. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted of all charges.
At issue is a scheme to use about $1 million from two wealthy campaign donors to hide the Democrat's pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter as he ran for the White House in 2008.