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Edwards jury focuses on Mellon documents in second day of deliberations

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GREENSBORO -- The second day of jury deliberations is complete, but there's no verdict yet. The jury appears to be taking their time to comb through all of the evidence.

They requested eight more exhibits -- all related to heiress Bunny Mellon.

Deliberations are still underway in the John Edwards campaign finance trial. The jury appears to still be focusing on the second and third charges surrounding Edwards' benefactor.

The jury requested more exhibits from the government -- some of which were never even seen in court. They were admitted, but not published.

In one note, Bryan Huffman quoted Mellon having said, "for the rescue of America," in regards to her donations.

In one e-mail, it shows Mellon's attorney, Alex Forger, contacting Edwards' former campaign aide Andrew Young and said Mellon would not be giving any more money.

But the timing of this note, April of 2007, is significant.

"Miss Mellon's advisers have said no more money and that came right before Miss Mellon came up with the scheme to send the money through Huffman," former federal prosecutor Kieran Shanahan said. "Which shows that she was trying to get around her own advisers with this money. Or maybe it showed that she wasn't going to make campaign contributions, but she could make private donations. So a lot of these documents really cut both ways."

The jury requested four exhibits, which have not been published to the government's website.

But it is clear that three of them were e-mails from John Davis, a former campaign staffer, to Young.

The other exhibit was a thank you email from Young to Mellon after Edwards and Young made their first visit to her estate.

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