"I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong," Edwards confessed. He said he had sinned by conducting an affair while his wife Elizabeth died of cancer and lied about it, but maintained he did nothing wrong criminally.
In the final days of deliberations, with little news coming from the jury room, media attention focused on four alternate jurors who began wearing color-coded outfits and one who appeared to be flirtatious with Edwards. "We sat in a room for eight hours," alternate Leah Peterson said. "We learned about everybody. We talked about wardrobe and it ended up we started wearing the same colors."
The four alternates wore matching yellow, green, black and purple outfits over four consecutive days.
Another alternate, Denise Speight, was spotted smiling at Edwards and the former was seen smiling back. Speight, however, denied there was any such flirtation.
"I thought it was just the most funny thing I've ever heard," she said. "Actually, I was giggling over, I think, the media reaction when we walked into the courtroom over our outfits and color. I had no intention of flirting with John Edwards and I don't think he had any intentions of blushing or flirting back with me."