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Jury ends fourth day of deliberations in John Edwards trial

John Edwards speaks medias he returns from lunch break federal courthouse as jury deliberates for third day his trial charges

John Edwards speaks to the media as he returns from a lunch break at a federal courthouse as the jury deliberates for a third day in his trial on charges of campaign corruption in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors used to help hide the Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The jury has ended a fourth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict at the campaign finance trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards.

The jurors stopped their talks Wednesday about 15 minutes earlier than usual because a juror needed to leave for a personal reason. The judge did not elaborate.

The jury did not have any questions Wednesday and they did not ask for any evidence.

Prosecutors say Edwards masterminded a plan to use money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Edwards faces 30 years in prison if convicted of six campaign finance charges. The jury began deliberations Friday after nearly four weeks of testimony.



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