Jurors On Edwards Trial Break Their Silence
An alternate juror in the John Edwards trial is denying allegations that there was a flirtatious dynamic going on between her and the disgraced politician. INSIDE EDITION reports.
The pretty young married woman, Denise Speight, who was suspected of flirting with John Edwards while she was serving as a juror at his trial, is breaking her silence.
"We're literally in the court room for like, two minutes, twice a day. And for them to take all of that? The only thing I could do was laugh about it," said Speight.
Speight was said to have directed coquettish looks at Edwards in the courtroom.
"It has been impossible to ignore the dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates," an ABC news producer who watched the interplay in court commented, "She smiles at him. He smiles politely back at her. She giggles. He blushes."
"I don't remember directly making eye contact with him, where we ever both made eye contact with each other. I think, in general, after deliberations started, he was fairly smiley, friendly," said Speight.
And she was asked if she found the former would-be president attractive.
"He's a Democrat. That counts him out for me already," joked Speight.
Edwards walked free Thursday when the jurors found him not guilty on one charge of misusing campaign funds. They were unable to reach a verdict on five other counts and a mistrial was declared.
Addressing reporters on the steps of the courthouse right afterwards, for the first time, Edwards spoke publicly of his daughter Quinn—the little girl he fathered with mistress Rielle Hunter.
"My precious Quinn, who I love more than any of you could ever imagine, and I am so close to, and so, so grateful for," said Edwards.
Pigeon O'Brien is a one-time close friend of Hunter's and spoke exclusively to INSIDE EDITION.
"Were you at all surprised at his public expression of love for his daughter Quinn?" asked INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd.
"I wasn't. I think, you know, fathers love their babies, I was really happy to see him include her in the description of the family," replied O'Brien.
And in light of Edwards' profession of love for Quinn, the big question is: Where does his relationship with Hunter go from here?
"They're in each other's lives. They have a baby, they're committed to raising that child as a family. I think that's great," said O'Brien.
Meanwhile, the Edwards jurors are revealing the secrets of their nine long days of deliberations.
Juror Cindy Aquarro says things got testy in the jury room.
"There were times it got very frustrating, the emotions got high, and we'd have to take a minute, step back, and just everyone calm down," said Aquarro on the Today show.
After the mistrial was declared, Edwards did fess up to some personal shortcomings.
"Although I didn't do anything illegal, I certainly did a lot that was wrong," said Edwards.
Despite his admission, some people were unforgiving. Check out the headlines in the New York Post, branding Edwards "sleazy," "slimeball" and "simpering swine," and calling him "The Most Hated Person In America."
But INSIDE EDITION viewers begged to differ. In an online poll of the most hated Americans out there, Number one was Casey Anthony, followed by Bernie Madoff and Kim Kardashian. Edwards comes in fourth.
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