John Edwards Flirty Body Language With Alternate Juror My Come Back To Haunt Him
As a jury consultant I can assure you that Jurors look at everything- especially when their fellow juror or an alternate is flirting with the defendant. Apparently this seems to be the case with a dark haired very attractive alternate juror whois flirting with the defendant.
Journalists and everyone else, including attorneys watching the trial can’t help but notice the flirting dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates. In fact, the flirting between the two is so blatant that several reporters have observed it. The Washington Post reported
“One of the alternates, an attractive young woman, has been spotted smiling at Edwards and flipping her
hair in what seems to some to be a flirtatious manner.”
Apparently the juror has been doing it for days and s the one who instigated the exchanges by smiling at him. Edwards then smiles back at her as she giggles and he blushes.
Allegedly the flirtation has become so obvious that even Edwards’ attorneys have to work to suppress their laughter at the absurdity of it all.
My first question, is does the judge not see this and if the judge does not see it, why hasn’t someone brought this to the judge’s attention. Why is this woman not removed from the courtroom? In my view it could taint the jury’s vote.
Some of those the jury who see the flirting may become even angrier at Edwards, who cheated on his cancer victim wife and fathered an illegitimate child. The juror may resent his present behavior and see his disregard for courtroom decorum as yet another example of his inappropriate behavior. If the juror is undecided, this may be the thing that pushes them over to the side of convicting Edwards.
The outcome of Edward’s trial is so serious that flirting and laughter should be the last thing on Edward’s mind. The reality is that he may face the rest of his life in prison. But obviously he is too narcissistic and entitled to realize the consequences. He may actually believe that everything will be fine and he will go about his merry way when the trial is over. In his twisted perception, he may also perceive this flirting as a signal that the rest of the jurors like him and that they will not convict of any wrongdoing.
Edwards is accused of the serious crime of using nearly $1 million in presidential campaign donations to cover an up affair with a campaign videographer, which resulted in illegitimate child.
Since Edwards obviously doesn’t have the common sense to conduct himself in a professional manner in the courtroom, one would think that his attorneys would tell him to cut out the flirting or responding to the alternate’s flirting, instead of “suppressing their laughter” at the absurdity of the situation.
The bottom line is that this type of body language is not adding to a jury’s positive perception of Edwards. As a trial attorney, he should now better than to respond to the juror and to flirt. But as a self entitled narcissist with an out of control ego, he apparently can’t help himself.
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