Judge declares MISTRIAL in John Edwards Case

Mistrial declared in John Edwards corruption case

Thursday – 5/31/2012, 4:28pm  ET

John Edwards, right, leaves a federal courthouse during the eighth day of jury deliberations with his daughter Cate, left, in his trial on charges of campaign corruption in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The judge in John Edwards’ campaign corruption trial says she has received a note from a juror on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

 

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A mistrial has been declared in the campaign fraud trial against ex-presidential candidate John Edwards.

Jurors on Thursday acquitted John Edwards of one of six counts involving him taking money from wealthy heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon. They told the judge they are deadlocked on the other five charges against him.

She declared a mistrial.

The ninth day of deliberations Thursday took a confusing turn after the judge mistakenly believed the jurors had reached a verdict on all six counts. She sent them back to deliberate some more.

In about an hour they came back and said they couldn’t reach a decision on the other charges. Edwards was accused of using money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for president in 2008.

http://www.wtop.com/209/2824521/Jury-Verdict-reached-on-1-of-6-counts

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