Report: Courtroom observers spot alternate juror … flirting with John Edwards

posted at 4:02 pm on May 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but someday this guy is going to cross paths with “Ricky Hollywood.” Could be a reality show, could be an infomercial. Could even be a new ad for pistachios. But it’s going to happen. They’re very different in age and lifestyle but at bottom the same: Both shot to fame for reasons no one quite understands, both ended up with surprise offspring thanks to their way with the ladies, and now both are roughly as popular as disease.

One key difference, though? Levi probably would have the good sense not to indulge a flirtatious juror at his own trial — a trial which, do note, has to do with Edwards allegedly using campaign donations to cover up an affair.

What do you say, defense lawyers? Is “juror flirting with my client” a good sign for acquittal or bad?

On Thursday the alternates – three women and one man – caused something of a stir when they showed up in matching bright yellow shirts, hardly bothering to suppress their snickering as the judge addressed the main panel of jurors. Today they are all wearing red…

Since the alternates were identified last Thursday, it has been impossible to ignore the dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates, an attractive young woman with jet-black hair, who seems to have been flirting with Edwards for days.

The juror clearly instigated the exchanges. She smiles at him. He smiles at her. She giggles. He blushes.

The flirtation has become so obvious that even Edwards’ attorneys have to work to suppress their laughter at the absurdity of it all.

Politico’s Josh Gerstein tweeted about an hour ago, “Judge at John Edwards trial clears courtroom of press and public to discuss a ‘jury matter’ that has come up”. And there’s your euphemism of the day, my friends.

Sympathy for the devil: Go read Mark Steyn on why John Edwards is a disgrace and the DOJ’s decision to prosecute him is an even bigger disgrace. Quote: “John Edwards lives with the two youngest children of his official government-regulated ‘family image.’ Emma Claire is thirteen and Jack is eleven. They have no mother. For some reason the United States regards it as a priority to see that they be more comprehensively orphaned.”

Update: Since we’re on the topic of randy southern Democrats with national political stature, here’s the story of how Bill Clinton met those two porn stars:

“So we ended up wandering by, and we were gonna approach him, take a picture, and his Secret Service sort of brushed us away, and as we were walking away, Bill actually had the Secret Service guy call us back and come over and hang out,” Lee said.

“It was brief–he’s really, really sweet. I just told him that I loved him, I thought he was a great president, and he just kind of winked and smiled and gave us hugs,” Lee said, describing Clinton as “very sweet and cool about the whole thing.”

The two were uncertain, but hopeful, that Clinton knew who they were–or at least their occupation.

“I kind of feel like he knows,” Lee said. “We hope he likes us and we hope he likes to watch our movies.”

Actual quote from “Tasha Reign”: “I hope this doesn’t hurt his re-election or whatever he’s trying to run for.”


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…HE’LL GET OFF…THE RICH DON’T DO JAIL!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

…sorry…didn’t mean to yell!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

It’s good to know that Silky Pony hasn’t lost his charm.

Pork-Chop on May 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

You can’t control human urges…that is the liberals mantra. If it feels good, do it…

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

he flashed her that “Son of a Mill worker” smile.

ToddPA on May 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

…and he was going to be your Vice-President!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

“But it’s going to happen.”

Gay porn…

… You heard it hear first.

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

They don’t call him silky pony for nothin’

kerrhome on May 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

BTW, this gal, once excused, will have her 15 minutes of fame, big time.
And a reason for Edwards attorney to cry “foul”…tainted jury.

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Quote: “John Edwards lives with the two youngest children of his official government-regulated ‘family image.’ Emma Claire is thirteen and Jack is eleven. They have no mother. For some reason the United States regards it as a priority to see that they be more comprehensively orphaned.”

There is a larger issue at work here. If the government can successfully prosecute this case, they can go after any politician for spending money (not just campaign funds) in any way they dislike. If the government could not build a case that Hunter was paid with campaign cash then that should have been the end of it.

NotCoach on May 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

They’re very different in age and lifestyle but at bottom the same

Turn of phrase for two low-lives

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

John Edwards has no shame.

BigGator5 on May 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

There was an old Law and Order episode with this theme.

esr1951 on May 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

That’s a tough one regarding his children. Maybe he should have to give up all of his big money instead and live off a miner’s pay. I doubt if that juror would be as attracted to him if that was his punishment.

BettyRuth on May 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

…HE’LL GET OFF…THE RICH DON’T DO JAIL!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Madoff…

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Yuck.

kim roy on May 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

My bad- MILL WORKERS pay.

BettyRuth on May 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

John Edwards is a class act. Just like Barry Obama.

GarandFan on May 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Meh. A sick puppy on a jury is nothing new. Edwards, though a reprehensible pile of sleaze and vanity, should not be convicted, unless the DOJ intends to put Barack Obama and his equally sleazy friend from the University of Chicago hospital on trial for committing the same damn crime in attempting to bribe Jeremiah Wright.

Rational Thought on May 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

From the start, I knew that Jon Edwards was a scum. An ambulance chaser who wasn’t going to slow down his campaign for president even in the slightest just because of a little thing like his wife has breast cancer.
The main thing for us to take home: he was among the worst offenders trying to exploit class warfare for his own financial and political benefit, like most of the Dems.

anotherJoe on May 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

“John Edwards lives with the two youngest children of his official government-regulated ‘family image.’ Emma Claire is thirteen and Jack is eleven. They have no mother. For some reason the United States regards it as a priority to see that they be more comprehensively orphaned.”

So anyone who has young children should be excused for paying for their crimes? Mark, love you, but if Edwards committed a crime, that’s HIS fault and having children is not a get out of jail free card. That almost sounds like a liberal talking point.

If this is a legit case and not spite, then the government has an obligation to do this.

kim roy on May 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Gay porn…

… You heard it hear first.

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Is he a “pony” or a horse?

docflash on May 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Might we end up with a well-hung jury?

PolarCoug on May 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Wait ’til he channels a child with her…

Fallon on May 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Madoff…

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

…I think that was just setting an example…and there were a good number of liberals that were ripped off…and you don’t take their money!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM

My bad- MILL WORKERS pay.

BettyRuth on May 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

“Meal-worker”

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I say he walks. If this alternate jurorette is that hot and has got the happy pants for Edwards, I’ll lay heavy odds that she’ll be able to get at least one of the guys on the jury to hold out for acquittal.

It’s been done a thousands times before this case, and it works every time it’s tried.

TXUS on May 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Since the alternates were identified last Thursday, it has been impossible to ignore the dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates, an attractive young woman with jet-black hair, who seems to have been flirting with Edwards for days.

I wonder if she would visit Edwards in jail if he is convicted…

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

…I think that was just setting an example…and there were a good number of liberals that were ripped off…and you don’t take their money!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Heres a few liberals not so lucky:
American billionaire Allen Stanford
Alfred Taubman, a former head of Sotheby’s auction house
Martha Stewart

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I say he walks. If this alternate jurorette is that hot and has got the happy pants for Edwards, I’ll lay heavy odds that she’ll be able to get at least one of the guys on the jury to hold out for acquittal.

It’s been done a thousands times before this case, and it works every time it’s tried.

TXUS on May 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

The juror is an alternate. Before she could vote on the case one of the regular jurors would have to be dismissed or unable to continue. If no regulars bow out she will be dismissed once the case goes to the jury I believe.

NotCoach on May 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

TwoAmericas was a joke from the start. To think he could have been VP. The to think Gore and Biden were/are VP’s. For all the libs, these are your guys. Also, the pic of Cupp was also your guys. Nice party to be associated with.

rjoco1 on May 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

The alternate is gone.

Blake on May 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Those fantastic, expensive haircuts just reel them in…….

search4truth on May 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Of course, this is truly tawdry as all hell. All we need is for Rielle (or better yet, his daughter) to handbag Edwards in court to complete the nightmare.

But…Edwards isn’t on trial for reckless display of Southern male charm. And its an alternate juror at that.

I see the coarseness, but I don’t see the crime.

Robert_Paulson on May 25, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The worse that can happen to him is he is convicted and sentenced to a few months. He’s gotten rid of Rielle, the wife, and now the court matter. His next step is to rehabilitate himself and worm his way back into politics. Of course,he’ll need a full pardon to wipe the slate clean, too.

Blake on May 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Did some video “research” on Tasha Reign- Bill could do worse.

jjshaka on May 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Two Americas: The one we live in and the alternate universe the Dems inhabit where they break the law, beat the rap, and make megamillions off of it. Guilty as sin, free as a bird.

Philly on May 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I hope this doesn’t hurt his re-election or whatever he’s trying to run for

she meant, “I hope this doesn’t hurt his erection or whatever he’s trying to run for….”

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 4:27 PM

You would think even a junk lawsuit trial lawyer would know better.

He’s right: there ARE two Americas. One in which men love their wives and raise their children in an honorable,upstanding manner. And the anthesis of that. He’s the latter.

And what kind of woman still finds this kind of sleazeball attractive?

VastRightWingConspirator on May 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

considering the title of the girls’ movie “mission a$$ possible”, billy jeff was probably tellin’ her that he received a mysterious suitcase and he said that he was willing to accept the mission.

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

The alternate probably heard or read about how much money Rielle Hunter and her baby are getting (the “Bunny money” alone was over a million), and hopes she can score some easy cash too.

Rich men are always attractive to women, even rich men who are incredibly stupid and sleazy.

AZCoyote on May 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM

So this woman flirts with a man who cheated on his dying wife, has an illegitimate child as a result of that affair, then denies the child is his for a year by convincing his “friend” to claim he actually fathered it – anyone want to bet she’s a Sandra Fluke supporter?

Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Don’t blame Slick Willie for rolling with the porn stars, have you seen pic’s of HRC lately. Geeez, father time has been smacking her with the ugly stick.

rjoco1 on May 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“I hope this doesn’t hurt his re-election or whatever he’s trying to run for.”

Clinton can’t but Obama, if he loses, can run again, and will. Hopefully the people will only be fooled once.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I wonder if she would visit Edwards in jail if he is convicted…

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Oh my, just imagine the mail that Silky will get in jail. His address will be public information.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

She must have seen the sex tape.

portlandon on May 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

OT – FBI wants you on the internet.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 4:41 PM

He does have a big house near Chapel Hill.

SouthernGent on May 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM

The juror is an alternate. Before she could vote on the case one of the regular jurors would have to be dismissed or unable to continue. If no regulars bow out she will be dismissed once the case goes to the jury I believe.

NotCoach on May 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

May want to rethink that……

I say he walks. If this alternate jurorette is that hot and has got the happy pants for Edwards, I’ll lay heavy odds that she’ll be able to get at least one of the guys on the jury to hold out for acquittal.It’s been done a thousands times before this case, and it works every time it’s tried.

TXUS on May 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

She may be extra persuasive.

a capella on May 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Not at all sure about that KoolAid. NC is still the South and generally speaking people tend to take a dim view of schtupping some slut when your wife is dying in bed and then using sugar momma money to cover the entire thing up.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Conventional wisdom is that the longer the jury is out, the better the prospects for the defendant. It is a complicated case, legally and factually, and the jury appears to be taking its job seriously, the antics of the alternates notwithstanding.

novaculus on May 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

*facepalm*

JetBoy on May 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM

At least we can sure Slick Willy is not gay as well…

William Eaton on May 25, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I was the jury foreman on a case where a witness was flirting with the defendant while testifying.

He was on trial for kidnapping, multiple assault, and multiple sexual assaults. We convicted him on all counts.

Hard Right on May 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM

NC is still the South and generally speaking people tend to take a dim view of schtupping some slut when your wife is dying in bed and then using sugar momma money to cover the entire thing up.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Here in Indiana we are Hoosiers and Yankees but I guarantee you that most of us take a dim view of such misconduct as well. The question the jury must answer though is whether Edwards violated election laws as well as tenets of simple human decency.

novaculus on May 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

She may be extra persuasive.

a capella on May 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

From the article AP linked.

“For nearly four weeks, 16 jurors heard all the evidence in Edwards’ case. After the closing arguments, Judge Catherine Eagles made the unorthodox decision to extend the service of the four alternate jurors, while the primary panel of 12 deliberated the six felony charges. So for the last five days of deliberations, the gang of four alternates has been required to show up at court each day, sent to a holding room with instructions to avoid talking about the case.

They are not in deliberation with the regular jurors. Although as the article pointed out it is unusual they have not yet been dismissed.

NotCoach on May 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

…I’m all for him experiencing prison sex!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

There are two Americas. One on trial and the other the jury.

William Amos on May 25, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The question the jury must answer though is whether Edwards violated election laws as well as tenets of simple human decency.

novaculus on May 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Absolutely and the case *should* be decided on the merits, not on Edwards’ questionable morality. But it’s a pretty tricky one to call given how messy it is.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Some women are unworthy of their gender.

ncborn on May 25, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Let’s keep this POS free so he can continue to be involved in Democrat politics. Karl Rove could set him up for women events all over the country.

Hummer53 on May 25, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Could even be a new ad for pistachios.

.
Winkelvoss twins, just saw them, mentioned a “stolen process” or something stolen. Did ya get that, MZ?

ExpressoBold on May 25, 2012 at 5:31 PM

…HE’LL GET OFF…THE RICH DON’T DO JAIL!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Madoff…

right2bright on May 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Conrad Black…

Myron Falwell on May 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

John Edwards – From U.S. Senator and Vice Presidential nominee to a guy too dumb to flirt with the main jurors and not the alternates. Oh the humanity.

Butler on May 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Face it… no one can resist a Breck Girl

phreshone on May 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I’ve always thought that women had more sense than men. I thought that’s why you’d never see “Hey y’all… Watch This” as the last words on a woman’s tombstone.

John Edwards dumped his cancer stricken wife for a campaign camp follower. He made 10′s of millions suing doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies claiming cerebral palsy was caused by vaginal birth. It turns out that expensive and dangerous C-Sections have increased 30% with no decrease in cerebral palsy. oops.

Now I hear that a female alternate juror is making cow-eyes at this alimentary canal exit portal… Oh yeah, he’s made 10′s of millions… Never Mind.

I’ve changed my mind.

WestTexasBirdDog on May 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Actual quote from “Tasha Reign”: “I hope this doesn’t hurt his re-election or whatever he’s trying to run for.”

I’m shocked that a porn star wouldn’t know that Bill Clinton isn’t running for office anymore.

Bitter Clinger on May 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

They are not in deliberation with the regular jurors. Although as the article pointed out it is unusual they have not yet been dismissed.

NotCoach on May 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I wasn’t talking about that kind of persuasion.

a capella on May 25, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Levi probably would have the good sense not to indulge a flirtatious juror at his own trial

Doubtful.

LazyHips on May 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I’m shocked that a porn star wouldn’t know that Bill Clinton isn’t running for office anymore.

Bitter Clinger on May 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Me too. I’ve always appreciated these stars for their intellectual accuity. What a letdown.

ex Dem from Miami on May 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

“So we ended up wandering by, and we were gonna approach him, take a picture, and his Secret Service sort of brushed us away, and as we were walking away, Bill actually had the Secret Service guy call us back and come over and hang out,” Lee said.

“It was brief–he’s really, really sweet. I just told him that I loved him, I thought he was a great president

lol! Both of these porn stars were only 4-5 years old when Clinton took office.

They must have forgotten how he had his Justice Department successfully prosecute a female Federal employee for Lying About Sex Under Oath.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Don’t blame Slick Willie for rolling with the porn stars, have you seen pic’s of HRC lately. Geeez, father time has been smacking her with every branch of the ugly tree stick.

rjoco1 on May 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Fixed

Freelancer on May 25, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I think Allahpundit has Alpha-Male envy….admit AP, only a true daaawg is going to sit in his own trial and make smoochie-faces at the jury!

powerpickle on May 25, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Don’t hate da’ playa’…hate da’ game!!!

powerpickle on May 25, 2012 at 9:25 PM

If he were a Republican, Hollywood would make a biopic of him.

hawkdriver on May 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Why did the alternates wear matching shirts?

JimC on May 26, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Some women love those bad boys. I’m sure Bill loved getting his ego stroked by the porn stars. It’s probably the best he can do given his age and health. btw, he looked like ricky raccoon in that pic.

Kissmygrits on May 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM