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John Edwards

NOT GUILTY!!!

5/31/2012 1:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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John Edwards has just been found NOT GUILTY on one of six campaign fraud charges stemming from his 2008 run for President -- the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining counts after jurors deadlocked.

Edwards was found "not guilty" of receiving illegal campaign contributions.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on the other charges -- including three additional counts of illegal campaign contributions, one count of conspiracy, and one count of making false statements.

The jury -- 8 men, 4 women -- reached today's verdict after 9 days of deliberations.

The two-time former Presidential candidate was charged with the six counts of campaign finance fraud for allegedly using nearly $1 million in campaign contributions to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter and their lovechild from the public.

Edwards faced a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.

In closing arguments, Edwards' lawyer had told the jury the money to hide his mistress came from a former campaign treasurer and an elderly supporter -- both of whom gave Edwards the money as a gift for his benefit ... not as part of his campaign.

Edwards' lawyer said the money was used to hide his affair from his dying wife, claiming, "John was a bad husband, but there is not the remotest chance that John did or intended to violate the law."

Edwards spoke briefly outside the courthouse after the verdict was read, saying how grateful he was for his children -- and when he got to the 4-year-old daughter Quinn (whom Edwards fathered with mistress Rielle Hunter) he choked up, saying, "My precious Quinn, who I love more than any of you can ever imagine, [who] I am so close to, so, so grateful for."

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We don't know if prosecutors will push for a retrial.

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1.

freaksloan    

If he had an R after his name he would be serving 30 years.

821 days ago
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charlei harper    

another fine example of what's wrong with the jury system and our judicial system...unless that jury box was filled with liars, adulterers and ****iness...then it was not a jury of his peers...Edwards needs to slink back into the hole he crawled out of...and God rest the soul of his wife...

you ****y bastard...

821 days ago
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TheMarshmallowMan    

Wasn't John flirting with one of the jurors. Gotta love the American judicial system.

821 days ago
4.

DrAnnoyed    

Great reporting!............
CNN says he was found *GUILTY* on one count and a mistrial was called on other counts.

Jeez....

821 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

This tool is a piece of work! Cheats on his wife, used campaign money to support another woman AND his baby and the jury finds him NOT guilty. WTF??

821 days ago
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Jay W.     

"came from a former campaign treasurer and an elderly supporter -- both of whom gave Edwards the money as a gift for his benefit ... not as part of his campaign. "


Whether you like it or not, that's all that was needed for Edward's attorney to sing his high praise.

821 days ago
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EMP BITE ME    

WOW what a white loser Jury.OJ would be proud,...Sad day for america,shows if you got money and power...crimes will not be charged.

821 days ago
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Santo    

Dude's still a cheating, lying, dishonest s***bag in my book.

821 days ago
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Jay W.     

Though, calling him a "bad husband" is a bit of an understatement.

821 days ago
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shortty    

if we were going to convict a politican on there personal lives, then the courts would be filled up with every politican known to man. he was not on trial for his personal life, he was on trial for his financial life!!!
The court system has more important things to worry about than the Edwards trial. Go TEAM EDWARDS!!

821 days ago
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Uh    

Wasn't any surprise..A bunch of jurors whose legal expertise comes straight from media sitcoms, not tested to see if they can read (and in most cases their are one or two that can''t), etc. And the obvious..the defendant with more "pull" than most..The next time you hear about terrorists, dictators and the like, look out the window. But they keep saying we have the greatest legal system in the world...right.

821 days ago
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charley    

probably an all white jury kissing his rich white ass......hope a mac truck runs this (p)............................rick over and kills him...low class piece of chit!

821 days ago
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the sea    

Dumb trial because he was not guilty, but he is still a s***bag.

If he gets cancer, and loses his hair to chemo it'll be karma.

821 days ago
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nicole    

No surprises here!

821 days ago
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Dita Wildflower    

HOw could they find this man not guilty? He was caught red handed!

821 days ago
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