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John Edwards Not Guilty On One Count, Mistrial On 5 Counts

Ryan J. Reilly May 31, 2012, 4:29 PM

Former Democratic presidential candidiate John Edwards was found not guilty on one count in his campaign finance trial on Thursday, while a mistrial was declared on five other counts against the former Democratic presidential candidate.

The Edwards trial, which spanned over a month, centered on the question of when Edwards knew about payments that wealthy donors gave to his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and whether those payments could be considered campaign donations that should have been reported to the Federal Election Commission.

Edwards was charged in June 2011 on six counts one count of conspiracy to violate federal campaign finance laws, four counts of accepting illegal campaign contributions and one count of concealing those illegal donations from the FEC.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE84T1KA20120531?irpc=932

Edwards jury reaches verdict on only 1 of 6 counts

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA | Thu May 31, 2012 3:04pm EDT

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - The jury deliberating in the criminal trial of former U.S. Senator John Edwards has reached a unanimous verdict on only one of the six counts against the North Carolina politician, the jury foreman said on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said she would decide within minutes whether to order the jury to continue deliberating on the remaining counts. The two-time Democratic presidential candidate faces federal campaign finance charges stemming from his 2008 presidential bid.

(Reporting Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Daniel Trotta)


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE84T1KA20120531?irpc=932



@DavidShuster: Regardless of Edwards outcome (or Clemens) -- DOJ has yet to charge a single wall street banker for fraud over econ collapse. #DOJpriorities

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