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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Edwards found not guilty on one count, mistrial declared

(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."

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