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After closed discussion of 'jury matter,' John Edwards trial breaks for weekend

The judge in the John Edwards trial calls a closed door meeting with jurors on Friday. NBC's Gabe Gutierrez reports.

Updated at 5 p.m. ET: Jurors in the campaign finance corruption trial for former presidential candidate John Edwards went home for the holiday weekend without having reached a verdict, but not before the judge closed the courtroom for a private meeting with prosecutors and defense attorneys.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles told the lawyers that she had "a jury matter to discuss" with them. Thirty-seven minutes later, she sent the jurors home for the weekend, giving them extra instructions about the importance of not talking about the case outside their official deliberations.

She reminded them that they mustn't discuss the case with anyone — "as you walk back to your cars" or "in small groups."  


Eagles said she could hold another closed session to talk "about this same juror issue" when deliberations resume at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, after the Memorial Day holiday.

 

It will be the beginning of the second full week of deliberations in Edwards' trial in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C., where he is charged with six felony counts of accepting about $1 million in illegal and unreported campaign donations from two wealthy supporters during his 2008 presidential campaign at a time when individual donations were limited to $2,300.

By Stacey Klein of NBC News in Greensboro, N.C., and M. Alex Johnson of msnbc.com.

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