(CBS News) After 9 days of deliberation, a jury has found John Edwards not guilty on one of six charges of campaign finance corruption brought against him. A mistrial has been declared on the other five counts.
The former North Carolina senator, two-time presidential candidate and
2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee was indicted in a federal
court last June on six counts alleging his complicity in a scheme to
cover up an extramarital affair and its resulting pregnancy while he was
running for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. (Continues)
A North Carolina jury found John Edwards not guilty on one of six counts in a campaign-finance trial, and declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on the remaining charges, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on those counts.
Following the verdict Edwards hugged his attorney Abbe Lowell, his
daughter Cate, 30, and his two elderly parents. Those family members
were a constant presence throughout the trial, subjected to some of most
torrid details of Edwards extra-marital escapades.
Just prior to the verdict, Edwards told Cate, "I love you."