Manatt Partner Speaks to Law360 on Jury Deliberations in High Profile Case

Thorny Issues Force Edwards Jury to Take Its Time
– Law360

Manatt’s Kenneth B. Julian , a partner in the firm’s Litigation Division, spoke to Law360 about the drawn-out jury deliberations in the criminal trial of former Presidential candidate John Edwards, who is accused of using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign donations to cover up an extramarital affair.

Law360 reports that jurors in Edwards’ trial concluded their eighth day of deliberations on May 30, 2012, without reaching a verdict. Legal experts note that the jurors are wrestling with the “controversial” interpretation of campaign finance law put forth by the U.S. Department of Justice’s public integrity team.

“In a high-profile case, it’s not unusual for jurors to take their time,” said Julian, a former federal prosecutor. “Jurors tend to take their job seriously, especially when they know all eyes are on them.”

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