Meanwhile, Ms. Hunter was on the run with the Youngs. Mr. Baron let them stay at his vacation mansion in Aspen, Colo., and paid for them to live in a $20,000-a-month manor in Santa Barbara, Calif. Ms. Hunter gave birth to Francis Quinn Hunter in February 2008.
Records at trial showed Mr. Baron paid Ms. Hunter a $9,000 monthly cash allowance, on top of providing flights on private jets and stays at luxury resorts.
The deposits began in June 2008 — several months after Mr. Edwards ended his White House run — and continued until December 2008, two months after Mr. Baron died.
The timing of the payments may have been important. The defense argued most of the money was spent after Mr. Edwards ended his presidential bid. Prosecutors claim Mr. Edwards was still seeking the Democratic vice presidential nomination or a future appointment as attorney general.
Although Mr. Edwards’ attorneys have conceded he had some limited knowledge of Mr. Baron’s support for Ms. Hunter, they deny he knew anything about $725,000 provided to Mr. Young by the wealthy heiress Mellon, an ardent supporter of Mr. Edwards’ campaign.
Mr. Edwards admitted to the Hunter affair in August 2008. Days later, he met with Mr. Young briefly on a secluded road near the Edwards estate outside Chapel Hill. According to Mr. Young’s testimony at the trial, the two talked about the secret checks Ms. Mellon had provided to the campaign aide.
“I didn’t know about these, did you?” Mr. Edwards said, according to Mr. Young.
Worried he was being taped, Mr. Young lied and said no. Mr. Young told Mr. Edwards he had kept evidence of the cover-up, including voicemails, emails and the tape that purportedly showed Mr. Edwards and Ms. Hunter having sex. He said he threatened to go public if Mr. Edwards didn’t come clean about the baby.
“You can’t hurt me, Andrew,” Mr. Edwards told Mr. Young as he opened the door to get out, Young said. “You can’t hurt me.”
Mr. Edwards announced he was the father of Francis Quinn Hunter in January 2010, nearly two years after she was born and his candidacy ended.
Elizabeth Edwards died in late 2010.
The jurors, whose identities were withheld throughout the trial, asked to see dozens of trial exhibits during deliberations, relating to Ms. Mellon and Mr. Baron’s donations. Some jurors raised eyebrows in recent days by wearing matching colored shirts to court, and one alternate juror was said to be flirting with Mr. Edwards. Judge Eagles warned the jury on its sixth day of deliberations not to discuss the case in small groups.