Some Jurors in John Edwards’ Trial—and the Defendant Himself—Sport Red Attire
Posted May 29, 2012 7:08 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Was it a red-letter day for John Edwards?
John Edwards wore his lucky green tie four days in a row during jury deliberations last week in his trial on campaign finance charges, the Washington Post reports. On Friday, his tie was red.
The same day, two jurors and four alternates also wore red shirts or tops, the story says. The previous day, the four alternates wore bright yellow.
“The demeanor of the alternate jurors and their behavior has become the talk of the courthouse,” the Post says. “The alternates enter the courtroom each day giggling among themselves. One of the alternates, an attractive young woman, has been spotted smiling at Edwards and flipping her hair in what seems to some to be a flirtatious manner. On Friday, she wore a revealing red top with a single strap and an exposed right shoulder.”
Today, the jury is scheduled to begin its seventh day of deliberations, the Associated Press reports. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles “abruptly closed the courtroom” to discuss an issue with a juror, AP says. She plans to start court early today for further discussions.
Edwards is accused of using campaign funds to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter. The jury instructions took about an hour to read “and left many on the jury looking dazed,” AP says.