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onehandle

(51,122 posts)
Thu May 31, 2012, 04:22 PM May 2012

John Edwards 'not guilty' on one count; mistrial declared on remaining charges

Source: MSNBC

Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET -- Capping a day of dramatic turnarounds, the jury in the campaign finance trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards found him not guilty on Thursday one one count and said it was deadlocked on the remaining five charges.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles then declared a mistrial on the remaining charges. It was not immediately clear if prosecutors intend to seek a new trial on those charges.

Read more: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/31/11993007-john-edwards-not-guilty-on-one-count-mistrial-declared-on-remaining-charges

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John Edwards 'not guilty' on one count; mistrial declared on remaining charges (Original Post) onehandle May 2012 OP
Suck on that, you Repug appeaser, Holder lark May 2012 #1
What did Holder have to do with it? I must have missed something. I thought this was a state trial. freshwest May 2012 #5
No, Federal trial. (nt) jeff47 May 2012 #6
Thanks. n/t freshwest May 2012 #9
You're right, Holder had nothing to do with it. He also has had nothing to do with prosecuting AnotherMcIntosh May 2012 #12
He never has nothing to do with nothing. RUMMYisFROSTED May 2012 #34
Holder has gotten this much done rocktivity May 2012 #35
Glad to hear it. AnotherMcIntosh May 2012 #36
Amen. tblue Jun 2012 #39
John Edwards 'not guilty' on one count; mistrial declared on remaining charges cal04 May 2012 #2
Oh, this will be fun at my next family gathering. progressoid May 2012 #11
just tell them he'll go to jail when Gingrich does spooky3 May 2012 #16
Beats Bush getting away with it. Life Long Dem May 2012 #17
You'd think this would have been easy for a jury to decide. If the donors paid the 24601 May 2012 #32
kick hedgehog May 2012 #3
Good news--I'm happy for the Edwards family! K&R DianaForRussFeingold May 2012 #4
+1. Hopefully this is over now. freshwest May 2012 #8
Me too. SammyWinstonJack May 2012 #22
and family, and family, and family snooper2 May 2012 #25
Agree peace frog May 2012 #27
What a complete waste Scairp May 2012 #7
That really surprised me Tobin S. May 2012 #10
It did for me too but you have to remember Edwards was an incredible trial lawyer underpants May 2012 #29
During the trial, I heard one commentator say, "Remember, Edwards is the best lawyer in the room." SomeGuyInEagan Jun 2012 #38
From @LOLGOP on Twitter ProfessionalLeftist May 2012 #13
Excellent! freshwest May 2012 #14
good. I wondered for a while OKNancy May 2012 #15
Has Nancy Grace's head exploded yet? hatrack May 2012 #18
I would pay to see that peace frog May 2012 #28
Good! pscot May 2012 #19
Good. What a ridiculous case. BlueStater May 2012 #20
And the environment is being ravaged. JDPriestly May 2012 #23
I couldn't agree more Plucketeer May 2012 #24
glad I read through this before I posted. Exactly my feelings rurallib May 2012 #31
It's easy to dismiss this as Edwards weakness Plucketeer Jun 2012 #40
I think both Edwards an Spitzer were set up because rurallib Jun 2012 #43
Edwards charged with a campaigning crime over sex, and edcantor May 2012 #21
What does Holder have to do with this contrarian22 May 2012 #26
Now they need to let it sink. Enough. RBInMaine May 2012 #30
He should have done something really The Wizard May 2012 #33
NOT GUILTY!!! Major Hogwash May 2012 #37
Good Wabbajack_ Jun 2012 #41
Good. robinlynne Jun 2012 #42

freshwest

(53,661 posts)
5. What did Holder have to do with it? I must have missed something. I thought this was a state trial.
Thu May 31, 2012, 04:49 PM
May 2012
 

AnotherMcIntosh

(11,064 posts)
12. You're right, Holder had nothing to do with it. He also has had nothing to do with prosecuting
Thu May 31, 2012, 05:06 PM
May 2012

banksters, admitted war criminals, or those illegally purging the voter rolls to suppress votes for Democrats.

tblue

(16,350 posts)
39. Amen.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 12:16 AM
Jun 2012

There's no way to explain this as other than a political witch hunt, with a complicit DoJ fearing political backlash for the administration.

Grow a damed set, why don't they? Stop caving to greedy Repubs, including prosecutors with a contract out on John Edwards' future as an effective Democratic voice.

I am not one to jump on any bandwagon and I believe it is bad karma to kick a man when he's down.

cal04

(41,505 posts)
2. John Edwards 'not guilty' on one count; mistrial declared on remaining charges
Thu May 31, 2012, 04:34 PM
May 2012
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/31/11993007-john-edwards-not-guilty-on-one-count-mistrial-declared-on-remaining-charges?lite

Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET -- Capping a day of dramatic turnarounds, the jury in the campaign finance trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards found him not guilty on Thursday one one count and said it was deadlocked on the remaining five charges.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles then declared a mistrial on the remaining charges. It was not immediately clear if prosecutors intend to seek a new trial on those charges.

Earlier, the jury of eight men and four women told Eagles that it had reached a verdict on all six felony accounts against Edwards. But after the jury returned to the courtroom, the foreperson stated that jurors had reached a unanimous decision on only one count. Eagles then sent them back to the jury room to resume deliberations.


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Judge has ruled a mistrial on the 5 remaining counts.
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NOT GUILTY on Count 3 (accepted/received illegal campaign contributions) and unable to decide on other counts.

Edwards acquitted on one count; mistrial on others
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/05/24/2102221/edwards-jury-has-recahed-verdict.html

progressoid

(50,163 posts)
11. Oh, this will be fun at my next family gathering.
Thu May 31, 2012, 04:58 PM
May 2012

I'm sure the RWers will use this as an example of how "Demoncrats" always get away with it.

spooky3

(34,890 posts)
16. just tell them he'll go to jail when Gingrich does
Thu May 31, 2012, 05:13 PM
May 2012

and ask them what they think of Citizens United and the $400 mill. contribution that the Koch bros. are making to GOP campaigns this year.

24601

(3,978 posts)
32. You'd think this would have been easy for a jury to decide. If the donors paid the
Thu May 31, 2012, 06:50 PM
May 2012

federal gift tax, it wasn't a political donation. If they didn't declare it and pay, it wasn't meant as a personal gift.

peace frog

(5,609 posts)
27. Agree
Thu May 31, 2012, 06:28 PM
May 2012

Best wishes to the entire family, and I was happy to hear him lovingly include the love child among the fold.

Tobin S.

(10,420 posts)
10. That really surprised me
Thu May 31, 2012, 04:56 PM
May 2012

It seems like the press had already found him guilty and sent him up the river. I wonder if they'll try to prosecute him again?

underpants

(183,909 posts)
29. It did for me too but you have to remember Edwards was an incredible trial lawyer
Thu May 31, 2012, 06:32 PM
May 2012

and he not only knew who to hire (and had the money to do it) but he was probably extremely important to building the case.

I went and saw him speech here in Richmond in 2004. I was maybe 15 feet from him. His message was what Occupy pushed as well. It is so sad to see Elizabeth having to go through this and how sad Edwards became. He slept with the mistress the first night so I doubt this was anything new to him. He was on the prowl probably.

SomeGuyInEagan

(1,515 posts)
38. During the trial, I heard one commentator say, "Remember, Edwards is the best lawyer in the room."
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 12:13 AM
Jun 2012

No doubt he was involved in building the case.

ProfessionalLeftist

(4,982 posts)
13. From @LOLGOP on Twitter
Thu May 31, 2012, 05:06 PM
May 2012

"I think we should just classify John Edwards as "about as guilty as Newt Gingrich." Just for reference."

hatrack

(59,817 posts)
18. Has Nancy Grace's head exploded yet?
Thu May 31, 2012, 05:22 PM
May 2012

Can't wait to see what the Flaring Nostrils of Justice will make of this outcome!

BlueStater

(7,596 posts)
20. Good. What a ridiculous case.
Thu May 31, 2012, 05:32 PM
May 2012

Meanwhile, mass murderers are allowed to walk around as free men and don't have to spend a day in court. What a great country.

JDPriestly

(57,936 posts)
23. And the environment is being ravaged.
Thu May 31, 2012, 06:07 PM
May 2012

All this for consensual sex and a batty, very elderly woman who adored Edwards.

Since 2008, the Supreme Court has pretty much established an anything goes rule for campaign funding. All you have to do is register a corporation, and you can pay for all the whoopee you want. The entire charge, the whole trial -- a terrible waste of taxpayer money. An anachronism.

Of course, Holder will go back, permit the prosecutor to retry the case just to completely destroy Edwards and his family and discourage any other "leftist" (ridiculous) from challenging Obama or the corporate centrists ever again.

Meanwhile, back on planet earth, the temperature at the North Pole is dangerously high. But who cares? Edwards was unfaithful to his dying wife. And that is a crime that must be punished.

Oh, and, on edit, I forgot to mention that Gingrich, who also cheated on a wife who was suffering from cancer and who accepted much more financial support for his failed campaign from an addled casino owner is walking around free, mouthing off crazy ideas like a rooster in a barnyard.

 

Plucketeer

(12,882 posts)
24. I couldn't agree more
Thu May 31, 2012, 06:15 PM
May 2012

I was behind Edwards til he quit. Say what you will about him - NO ONE ELSE - ever even mentioned the plight of the poor. It's akin to the faithful ignoring the ultimatums for transgressions spelled out in the bible. Just ignore that which doesn't fit your fancy and it conveniently doesn't exist.

Edit: for typo

rurallib

(62,663 posts)
31. glad I read through this before I posted. Exactly my feelings
Thu May 31, 2012, 06:42 PM
May 2012

Edwards was the only one ready to take on the corporatists. My feeling is that that was his real sin.

And while our court and media time is wasted on this, corporations rape us right and left. Jobs sent overseas, 1/4 of our children in poverty, 50,000 dying annually of lack of health care, not one bankster in jail for the biggest theft ever from the American people.

 

Plucketeer

(12,882 posts)
40. It's easy to dismiss this as Edwards weakness
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 01:18 AM
Jun 2012

But I've had a sneaking notion that maybe Hunters pursuit of Edwards was not all that primal. There may well be hidden payoffs for her seducing him. MAybe not, but I've never heard anyone else speculate on it. It should at least be thought about. Of course, his taking the bait is what makes it bad - put him in the same league as McCain leaving his ill wife.
To me - SOMETHING was fishy after his second place win in Iowa - when the networks seemed to go OUT OF THEIR WAY not to acknowledge it.

rurallib

(62,663 posts)
43. I think both Edwards an Spitzer were set up because
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 06:57 PM
Jun 2012

they have 2 things in common:
1) They had the knowledge and ability to go after the boys on Wall Street (and were open about it)
2) they had a weakness that could be easily exploited.

 

edcantor

(325 posts)
21. Edwards charged with a campaigning crime over sex, and
Thu May 31, 2012, 05:34 PM
May 2012

Bush, never even charged after all the people he willfully murdered and all the international laws he broke.

Makes sense only in a Republican world.

The Wizard

(12,647 posts)
33. He should have done something really
Thu May 31, 2012, 07:29 PM
May 2012

in tune with Republican ideals, like start a war for profit. It may be the most immoral act, but there's no sex between consenting adults. Now if there was a stained blue dress and Ken Starr.......

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