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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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kim    

thats a damn shame... i couldnt believe it when i heard that, this man tricked millions of dollars on a babys mama and lied about , left his wife sick.. anyway.. i am stunned and i if anybody doesnt see the difference in a blk man being jailed and a white man .. getting off, or getting probation or re-hab .. they are a bona-fide damn fool! no wonder the jail is full of blk people.. this white justice system is racist.. a blk woman get 10 years in jail for lying abd saying her daughter lived in a better neighborhood so she can attend a better school and all the corruption this man does and he gets no jail time. smdh at the injustice.

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17.

Reed    

Not guilty in the eyes of the law only. There is no bigger piece of crap walking around stinking up the place than this guy.

687 days ago
18.

Jordan    

This case never should have gone to trial. With today's campaign laws what he was accused of is legal today.

687 days ago
19.

ShrinkWrap    

The Karma Train is coming for you, John! Don't bother hiding, she will find you!

687 days ago
20.

tiki    

Sad day for America where the obviously guilty can still roam free as a bird. Who the hell were the people on this jury?

687 days ago
21.

Keyser Söze    

Can't put a rich s***bag down...

687 days ago
22.

dee    

What happened to his health scare? He didnt look ill to me? Jurys are usless nowadays. Anyone they consider attractive gets off scott free.

687 days ago
23.

Brad     

When you are rich, you skip.

687 days ago
24.

lcmb    

Liberals got screwed out of their donation money, and now they can't get justice?


That is justice for some of us. lol

687 days ago
25.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Not guilty doesn't mean innocent.

687 days ago
26.

pattycake    

Too bad he couldn't be charged with being a s*** bag jerk. Pretty sure a jury would convict him of that.
He knows he's a s*** bag, his family knows he's a s*** bag, everyone else in America knows he's a s*** bag. Hopefully that will haunt him forever.

687 days ago
27.

RedSoxGal#25    

BURN IN HELL, YOU S***BAG!!!!

687 days ago
28.

I won't grow up    

Amen, Freakloan. This guy is so greasy he leaves a snail trail behind him. But the "D's" will still say we're picking on the poor misunderstood s***bag.

687 days ago
29.

penny    

Why are you all so surprised??? We are talking NORTH CAROLINA HERE!! Rednecks and dumbasses.

Nice diss to his children with Elizabeth!! Quinn will be so proud one day!

687 days ago
30.

Superman    

Another biased jury. But, according to the current idiotic Supreme Court, a mistrial declared on the other charges allows for a retrial on the unanimous "not guilty" verdict. On a recent 6-3, they said it is not double jeopardy.

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