Edwards gets acquittal on one count, mistrial on others
May 31st, 2012
03:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Edwards gets acquittal on one count, mistrial on others

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) - Two-time Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards took responsibility for "my sins," including an affair that resulted in a "precious" daughter, after his federal corruption case ended in an acquittal and mistrial Thursday.

Prosecutors had accused the onetime North Carolina senator of using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to keep his pregnant mistress under wraps as he ran for president in 2008. But after more than 50 hours of deliberations over nine days, jurors cleared him of one of six counts and deadlocked on the rest.

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  1. Myviewis

    Based on the actions of those working in the White House, government and not getting any form of punishment I don't see why Edwards should be punished. I'm surprised the jury is actually taking this long.

    May 31, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What a waste of time and money.

    May 31, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Based on the campaign violations for the GOP, I don't see how Edwards is guilty of anything other than being a low life.

    May 31, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Bessy

    @Wire Palladin and Myviewis
    I have to agree with you. I think a good sign for Edwards is that the jury took so long.

    May 31, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Smerlap Kent, WA

    The fact that the FEC decided this was not a violation of law but the US Attorney filed the case anyway so he could run for the Senate as a Republican, tells you the whole story. Mr. Edwards was a very bad husband, but so far as I can tell that was all he was guilty of being.

    May 31, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |