Some legal experts following the John Edwards trial say, based on the jury's requests Friday and Monday, it's clear jurors are moving slowly and methodically through the evidence and the charges.
But former federal prosecutor Kieran Shanahan said the longer deliberations drag on, the more it may favor Edwards.
Edwards had little to say as he left the federal courthouse in Greensboro just before 5 p.m.
Prosecutors have accused Edwards of masterminding a plan that used nearly a million dollars in secret payments from two wealthy donors to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy during his 2008 White House bid.
But Edwards' attorneys say that money was gifts -- not campaign contributions. They say Edwards had little knowledge of the coverup -- which was executed by his former aide, Andrew Young, and then-finance chair Fred Baron -- and that he didn't believe he was breaking any laws.
Shanahan said in his experience, a quick verdict in federal court is usually in favor of the prosecution, and if deliberations continue late into the week, it could suggest some jurors aren't convinced.
"I think it suggests that there's a division," he said. "With the government having the burden of proof, it therefore benefits the defense."
Edwards is charged with six felony counts related to campaign finance fraud. If convicted, he could face up to $1.5 million in fines and up to 30 years in prison.