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June 01, 2012

John Edwards jury goes inside high-profile trial

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," June 1, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And we continue now with the Edwards' trial jurors, eight of them. All right. Listen, I would love to be on a jury. Off mic you guys are like chatting and chatting and having a great time. You went in there strangers and came out friends.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: We did.

DAVID RECCHION, EDWARDS JURY FOREMAN: We did.

HANNITY: All right. You were saying something. Describe what went on in that jury room?

LADONNA FOSTER, EDWARDS TRIAL JUROR: There were days when the air was just thick. We have yelled and screamed at each other. We have said horrible things to each other. We have come back and apologized. We have hugged. We prayed together every day.

HANNITY: You prayed. That might be illegal in America today.

FOSTER: We did.

HANNITY: You prayed every day before you started.

FOSTER: We held hands and prayed every day.

JONATHAN NUNN, EDWARDS TRIAL JUROR: Two times a day.

HANNITY: Two times a day.

NUNN: Morning and quitting time.

HANNITY: So, you would argue, fight. You almost became a family.

FOSTER: We did.

NUNN: We are.

FOSTER: We all had nicknames for each other.

HANNITY: What was your nickname?

(LAUGHTER)

FOSTER: Ladiva.

HANNITY: Ladiva?

(LAUGHTER)

And what was your nickname?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Rush on four.

RECCHION: Yes. It was either that --

HANNITY: I don't even want to ask the one that allegedly flirting with John Edwards.

DENISE SPEIGHT, EDWARDS JURY ALTERNATE: It was good.

HANNITY: What was your nickname?

SPEIGHT: Mine was Ace.

HANNITY: Ace. OK.

SPEIGHT: I played tennis.

HANNITY: So you are crying, a range of emotions. But you got, you all knew that he faced 30 years in prison. Did that weigh heavily on your minds?

SPEIGHT: Yes.

HANNITY: Very heavily. And you all knew that he had young kids and you all knew that his wife had passed away.

SPEIGHT: Yes.

HANNITY: And you all knew that if you put him away for 30 years, those kids not only lost their mother but they lose a father. Does that go through your mind as you are deliberating? In all honesty.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It did not in mine.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: It did not.

HANNITY: Nobody?

SPEIGHT: No.

HANNITY: Because I think that would go through my mind.

SHEILA LOCKWOOD, EDWARDS TRIAL JUROR: We were too busy wrestling with the facts and the wording of the judges.

HANNITY: You know, your fellow jurors here said, you were the biggest trouble maker.

(LAUGHTER)

Is that true?

LOCKWOOD: No, that is not true.

LEAH PETERSON, EDWARDS JURY ALTERNATE: She needed the most attention.

HANNITY: She got the most attention?

PETERSON: She needed.

HANNITY: She needed.

RECCHION: Higher maintenance.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNITY: Well, let me show you something that John Edwards said. I think that was shown at trial. But tell me if I'm wrong. This is John Edwards denying he had any knowledge of Rielle Hunter in 2008.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, JULY 24, 2008)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Have you or any one from your campaign provided any financial help to Rielle Hunter or Andrew Young?

EDWARDS: I have no idea of what you are asking about. I've responded to -- consistently to these tabloid allegations by saying, I don't respond to these lies and you know that and you covered me and I stand by that.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: And then he later said he would take a paternity test. How do you separate the person from the law and the facts when you see -- because obviously he is a liar, you all knew that, right?

RECCHION: We do.

HANNITY: OK. How do you separate that? We'll start with you in the back, you are being quiet.

AQUARO: We just had to separate it by looking at the facts and John Edwards, he did not give the testimony, but one of the things that we did do when we first went into the jury room was to decide whether each witness was credible or not credible and Andrew Young was one of the witnesses that we said was not credible.

HANNITY: I interviewed him. It's interesting you say that. You know, he came out with a book and then -- yes, so you didn't think his testimony was credible. So, did you totally dismiss it?

AQUARO: We tried to. His testimony and Sherry Young's testimony.

HANNITY: Did you not believe -- because he did for awhile say that he was the father. Did you not believe that?

AQUARO: We did not believe that and when we were following the money all of the money was ending up in Andrew Young's bank account.

HANNITY: So, in other words, you thought he had the financial motivation.

But, you know, when you learn all of the things -- because John Edwards' wife had cancer, this affair was going on, there was a massive effort to cover up. He is running for president of the United States. He was a VP candidate. I mean what conclusions do you draw about this man? Start with you. Tough question.

FULLER: No, I mean I -- I didn't know him from the beginning.

HANNITY: You never heard of him.

FULLER: I never heard of him and I didn't know anything about him. And now, I mean, all I know now is just what I have heard in the trial about him, so.

HANNITY: Yes. You said you are very knowledgeable about politics and you thought that would actually get you dismissed from the jury but it did not work, huh.

SPEIGHT: I said I was a good Republican, but I didn't know much about John Edwards at all from the beginning of the trial and everything I know about him now is from testimony at the trial and most of the people that testified about him as far as his character other than the affair really had good things to say about him. Really the affair was his only kind of tarnish of his record.

HANNITY: Did the affair just tarnish his record. He's running for president of the United States and trying to cover -- isn't that a massive --

SPEIGHT: It is huge.

HANNITY: It is huge. You are sitting there and you're holding the life of this guy, his future is in your hands. I mean, that is what makes being a juror, you know, such a really tough job. And now that I've gotten, I feel like -- I don't have a nickname yet. I don't know if I want one.

RECCHION: We will get one for you.

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