No Verdict Today in John Edwards Trial
Update: No verdict today, the jurors asked for some exhibits and a board to write and markers. Their requests pertained to the Bunny Mellon contributions.
Update: Here are the final instructions given to the jury in the John Edwards trial.
I really want to write something positive today, to give Team Edwards support and let them know that, outside of North Carolina, there are people like me and TalkLeft readers who think John Edwards has gotten the short end of the stick in this trial.[More]
I don't have much to say about closings, because there's no detailed coverage and I don't have the transcripts. Final Jury instructions should be posted today, after the jury begins deliberating. The jury were read the instructions Thursday. In a trial like this, the instructions can make or break the case.
I'll leave you with a few things to tide you over while waiting:
- Team Edwards Objections to the judge's final instructions. Once again, the Judge sided with the Government. When you read through it, you will see how many rulings they lost.
That ought to get you started. I'm keeping my fingers crossed all day.
Update: The judge didn't define what reasonable doubt is, only what it is not.
This is a heavy and strict burden, the highest in the law and higher than the burden of proof in civil cases; but it does not require the government to prove a defendantís guilt beyond all possible doubt. The test is one of reasonable doubt.
The law presumes that reasonable doubt is a concept within the ordinary competence of a jury, that is, that you will be able to apply reasonable doubt according to its plain, ordinary, and everyday meaning. Therefore, I will not define any further what is, or is not, reasonable doubt.
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