Greensboro, N.C. -- Judge Catherine Eagles told all four alternate jurors in the John Edwards trial they do not need to report to the courthouse on Thursday, the ninth day of deliberations.
The judge said she wanted to be respectful of their time and not force them to remain in a room by themselves at the courthouse all day. However, all four alternates are still alternate jurors and they must remain on standby. The alternates gave the clerk their contact information in case they need to return to the courthouse.
For the past four days, the alternates have all dressed alike, wearing the same color each day. Before sending the jurors home, Judge Eagles said, "We regret not knowing the color tomorrow." The alternates and the courtroom chuckled after the comment.
Judge Eagles also had multiple closed-door meetings with the attorneys for both sides of the case to discuss a "juror issue." The judge would not explain what the issue was about. However, all twelve original jurors remain in place.
Deliberations will continue Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m.