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GREENSBORO -- Still no verdict after six days of jury deliberations.

Judge Catherine Eagles said all legal counsel and the defendant, John Edwards, could be excused from the courthouse during deliberations.

So while 12 men and women decide the fate for Edwards and the six charges brought against him, Edwards was caught on camera just down the street at a baseball game.

For the third day in a row, former presidential candidate Edwards and his daughter Cate, were spotted at the ACC baseball tournament.

Meanwhile a jury deliberates inside the federal courthouse to reach a verdict for the six charges brought against him over campaign finance.

Still wearing a shirt and tie, minus the jacket, Edwards laid back in his seat connected to a suite on a far end section of the ballpark on the second tier while taking in America's favorite past time.

But with so much media scrutiny surrounding Edwards and his trial, some baseball spectators, who have spotted him at each game of the tournament are asking why he's there.

Edwards graduated from N.C. State University and was also caught on camera watching his team play on Thursday.

According to former federal prosecutor Kieran Shanahan, Edwards may just be trying to take a break, but this may not be the best venue for him to seek refuge.

"I think John Edwards is spending a little quality time with his daughter and not taking his legal counsel with him," Shanahan said. "I think it's just a little oasis to have a little time to have his thoughts to himself. I'm sure he hopes that the jurors follow the instructions of the judge, which is not to read any news media because they might feel a little differently cooped up in a room while John's out watching baseball."

The jury will continue to work toward a verdict as they go into their seventh day of deliberations after the holiday weekend.

If Edwards is found guilty of any of the charges brought against him, he could be fined up to $250,000 and serve up to five years behind bars for each charge. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP