After nearly nine days of deliberations, the jurors in the trial against John Edwards have reached a verdict, Reuters is reporting.
The former senator and 2008 presidential candidate is facing six felony charges stemming from allegations that Edwards violated election laws when he allegedly tried to cover up an affair with Rielle Hunter using campaign money.
“Edwards is accused of conspiring to get more than $900,000 from two wealthy donors to keep voters from learning he was cheating on his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, who died in 2010.
“The defense says the supporters’ money was meant as a personal gift to shield Elizabeth Edwards from her husband’s indiscretions, not to influence the election.
“The two-time presidential hopeful who served as the Democrats’ 2004 vice presidential nominee faces possible prison time and fines if found guilty of any of six felony counts.”
We’re monitoring this story and will update this post as soon as the jury reads its verdict in a Greensboro, North Carolina court. There is no indication when that will be.
Update at 2:38 p.m. ET. In Minutes:
The AP just moved this alert:
“Jurors reach verdict in John Edwards’ campaign finance fraud case, to be read within minutes.”