29 May 2012

The Social Poets: John Edwards Trial: Dirty Judge Seeks Mistrial?

GREENSBORO, NC - MAY 24:  Former Democratic pr...
GREENSBORO, NC - MAY 24: Former Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) (R) returns to a federal courthouse with his daughter Cate Edwards (L) after a lunch break May 24, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The jury of the John Edwards trial has asked for about 20 more evidence exhibits as the fifth day of deliberations went on. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
The Social Poets: John Edwards Trial: Dirty Judge Seeks Mistrial?: From Denny:  Why would a judge abruptly stop jury deliberations as Judge Catherine Eagles did last week early Friday morning?  Have the U.S. Marshals guarding the jury been passing on information to the federal prosecutors and the judge about which way the jury is leaning for or against Edwards?

With the Political Fix Is In Crowd leaning on the judge and the prosecutors to get guilty verdicts and bury Edwards, are the prosecutors and the judge motivated to declare this trial a mistrial? It would appear they are strongly motivated at this point to save their careers since they are no longer confident they can deliver a conviction.

After three days of jury deliberations, and the particular requests from the jury, especially in regard to the Mellon exhibits and transcript testimony, it would appear the jury smells a rat.  The judge denied the Mellon transcript testimony and ordered the jury to rely upon their memories.  That's odd.  Since when does a judge deny a jury the trial testimony they have just heard?  How is she trying to influence the jury?

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