John Edwards: Judge Holds Conference on Potential Juror Issue

Uh-oh. No, I don't think it's the flirting juror. It sounds like some jurors have discussed the case in a small group. The judge held a closed meeting with counsel for 35 minutes today and then sent the jury home with a stern warning:

"All of your deliberations should take place while you are in the jury room and together," Eagles said. "Don't discuss the case in small groups."

Is this related to the coordinated clothing? Four alternates and 2 jurors wore bright red shirts today.

The judge will start court early on Tuesday and make take up the issue again then. If an alternate gets on, the jury has to start deliberating all over. What's transpired so far doesn't count.

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    Wonder what the red shirt statement meant? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Angel on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:34:27 PM EST

    Post verdict a couple female jurors asked me why m (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:45:29 PM EST
    my three defendants and I all wore red one day. I did not realize we did. So I asked "my guys.". They did to sow strength and power. As they were or had been law enforcement officers and had alledly overreached, their attire was at cross purposes w/ my "theme,". But, fortunately, we prevailed.  

    Yes, I understand the solidarity, but I guess what (none / 0) (#4)
    by Angel on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:56:27 PM EST
    I'm really asking is if anyone knows anything particular about the jurors who wore the red and what their solidarity position, if you will, might be.  

    To me, red means convict. (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:00:27 PM EST
    Ouch. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Angel on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:22:10 PM EST
    It more likely means (none / 0) (#14)
    by gyrfalcon on Sat May 26, 2012 at 01:48:58 AM EST
    "What color shirts do we all have one of?"

    Could be meaningful, but odds are it was just a stunt by bored and frustrated people to lighten up the day.  Odds are high it means zippo.


    Of course, I don't "know," but (none / 0) (#11)
    by NYShooter on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:58:33 PM EST
    first thought that popped up in my head was solidarity with the late Elizabeth Edwards."

    Why? (none / 0) (#12)
    by Angel on Fri May 25, 2012 at 08:13:41 PM EST
    It was just a "blink moment (none / 0) (#13)
    by NYShooter on Fri May 25, 2012 at 10:21:25 PM EST
    Drawing on the feminine side of me, my heart just bleeds for Liz. The worst person in the world doesn't deserve the hand she was dealt. And, I've got the guy who, while he couldn't have cured her cancer, doubled down on her misery, and, he's right here in front of me.

    just saying

    BTW, I don't believe he should be found guilty of campaign fraud. but, that's another story.


    Is it considered juror misconduct in (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:39:12 PM EST
    federalin federal criminal trial for juleps to talk to each other when all the jurors are present in the jury room?

    Every jury... (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:52:04 PM EST
    should have refreshing talking mint juleps!  Most I ever got out of the deal was dinner and a hotel room.

    the judge's instructions (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:27:59 PM EST

    Do not consult anyone other than your fellow jurors about this case while you are deliberating, and then all discussions should take place only when all twelve jurors are present.

    Did you type that comment on your cell phone or iPad?


    iPhone. Why? (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:47:30 PM EST
    Don't have an iPad!

    Hmmm I see! "Jurors" (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:49:30 PM EST

    Personally (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by gyrfalcon on Sat May 26, 2012 at 01:50:41 AM EST
    I like the way you think.  Juleps-- mmmmmmm!