- Last Updated: 5:13 PM, May 18, 2012
- Posted: 10:24 AM, May 18, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The jury in the John Edwards case did not reach a verdict Friday after deliberating for almost five hours before recessing for the weekend.
They will reconvene at 9:30am ET Monday, WRAL-TV reported.
Jurors began their discussions Friday after attorneys completed closing arguments the previous day.
The deliberations could last several days as the jurors are charged with deciding on complicated issues of campaign finance law.
US District Judge Catherine Eagles provided the jury with 45 pages of instructions on how to decide whether or not Edwards is guilty.
The former senator and 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate is charged with six felony counts for accepting nearly $1 million from two political supporters to hide his pregnant mistress, campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, during his 2008 run for the White House.
Edwards has pleaded not guilty, arguing the money should be classified as gifts not subject to campaign finance laws.
He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
After about three hours of deliberating Friday, jurors requested to examine several exhibits related to money transferred by heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon to ex-campaign aide Andrew Young, who for a period claimed to be the father of Hunter and Edwards' love child.
The jury also asked Eagles for a transcript of Mellon's lawyer's testimony. Eagles denied the request and told jurors to rely on their memories.
The deliberations follow a four week trial. The prosecution called witnesses on three of those weeks, many of whom were former Edwards staffers who revealed lurid details about his fling with Hunter as the case took on the feel of a soap opera.
Prosecutors sought to prove that Edwards was seeking to protect his political career with the hush money, rather than simply to hide the affair from his family.
The defense, which presented its case in just two-and-a-half days, shifted the focus from Edwards' character to whether he broke any laws.
Pointing to a Bible and a book of the US criminal code during closing arguments, Edwards lead attorney, Abbe Lowell, said there was a reason they do not sit side-by-side in a courtroom.
"This is a case that should define the difference between someone committing a wrong and committing a crime ... between committing sins and a felony," Lowell said.
Neither Edwards nor Hunter took the stand in the case.