As the jury gets ready to head into its 7th day of deliberations, some are thinking that the John Edwards trial may be deadlocked. In order to consider a case as high profile as John Edwards, the jury must familiarize themselves with testimony for all 17 days of the duration of the trial, not to mention revisiting records that may have included financial and even some phone calls. Members of the jury will be required to read and understand some difficult laws that even campaign finance experts agree can be complicated. The jury had already been subjected to almost an hour of instructions, which some suggest left them looking more confused than when they started. History has shown that long lasting jury deliberations have a tendency to end up in deadlock, however, not all end up that way as we saw in the case against the former governor of Illinois.
Whether you believe that John Edwards is guilty or you prefer to think of him as innocent, the choice is yours, but as everyone in this country is promised a fair trial, so too should Edwards have a chance at defending himself. If you have ever served on a jury you will probably be able to empathize with what this jury is going through, in fact when it comes to technical cases such as these, it can become a lot trickier. I shudder to think about the possibility of a mistrial, especially because of the waste of taxpayer dollars, on the other hand if the state and the defense managed to confuse the jury so much that they are not comfortable with a decision, one way or another, then lets get it done again.