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No verdict in John Edwards trial as jurors focus on Bunny Mellon

John Edwards last week at the U.S. courthouse in Greensboro, N.C.
John Edwards last week at the U.S. courthouse in Greensboro, N.C.Shawn Rocco / AP

Jurors in the campaign finance corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards were sent home for the day on Monday without having reached a verdict.

A third day of deliberations will begin Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. ET in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C., where Edwards — a former U.S. senator and the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee — is charged with six felony counts of accepting about $1 million in illegal and unreported campaign donations from two wealthy supporters at a time when individual contributions were limited to $2,300.

Jurors appeared particularly interested in one of those donors, billionaire heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, asking the judge for seven exhibits that appeared to be related to the roughly $750,000 she gave an aide to Edwards to help conceal Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, a videographer on his 2008 presidential campaign staff.

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Mellon, who is 101 years old, didn't testify during the trial, but her attorney and financial adviser, Alex Forger, offered extensive testimony that Mellon knew that her donations were intended to fund the "Hunter problem" and weren't given as campaign contributions.

One of the exhibits they sought was a handwritten note from Mellon dated Sept. 17, 2007. Jurors requested a typed version, but U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles denied the request, saying one didn't exist, so they would have to do with the handwritten version. The contents of that note haven't been made public.

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