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Alternate Juror In John Edwards Trial Denies 'Flirting' With Ex-Senator

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Denise Speight, the alternate juror in the John Edwards trial who courtroom observers reported was flirting with the ex-presidential candidate, denied it Friday in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"I thought it was the funniest thing I have ever heard," Speight said. "Actually, I was giggling over, I think, the media's reaction, when we walked into the courtroom, over our outfits and color. No intention of flirting with John Edwards, and I don't think he had any intentions of blushing or flirting back with me."

ABC News reported the exchange between the two:

Since the alternates were identified last Thursday, it has been impossible to ignore the dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates, an attractive young woman with jet-black hair, who seems to have been flirting with Edwards for days.

The juror clearly instigated the exchanges. She smiles at him. He smiles politely back at her. She giggles. He blushes.

The Washington Post reported that she was "smiling at Edwards and flipping her hair in what seems to some to be a flirtatious manner."

A jury found Edwards not guilty on one of the charges related to campaign finance violations in trying to cover up the scandal of his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, and was deadlocked on the other five. The judge declared a mistrial.

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