As Edwards Jury Deliberates, How Long Is Too Long?

The jury at the John Edwards trial is set to begin deliberating a seventh day on Tuesday, and speculation is growing that there may be a deadlock.

Edwards faces six felony charges. Authorities say two wealthy political donors provided $1 million to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 run for the White House.

They must not only determine whether the candidate knew about the secret payments, which he has denied, but whether he knew he was violating federal law by allowing them.

Jurors are reviewing 17 days of testimony and 500 trial exhibits. The 12 jurors and four alternates appeared dazed after hearing an hour of jury instructions, and now they have to navigate a complex web of campaign finance laws.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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