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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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31.

Missie    

What the hell is wrong with juries these days............

814 days ago
32.

GUU    

Harvey, realy? Your supposed to be a lawyer and you hire retards. Correct your first sentence.
"John Edwards has just been found NOT GUILTY on one of six campaign fraud charges...."
Its either he's been found GUILTY on one of six, or hes found NOT GUILTY on five of six. RETARD

814 days ago
33.

GUU    

Harvey, realy? Your supposed to be a lawyer and you hire retards. Correct your first sentence.
"John Edwards has just been found NOT GUILTY on one of six campaign fraud charges...."
Its either he's been found GUILTY on one of six, or hes found NOT GUILTY on five of six. RETARD

814 days ago
34.

CriticXtreme    

Besides having that great devil smile, having connections with the Bilderberg Group and the Illuminati does have its privileges.

814 days ago
35.

GUU    

Harvey, really? Your supposed to be a Lawyer, yet you hire RETARDS to write your site. Correct your crap.
"John Edwards has just been found NOT GUILTY on one of six campaign fraud charges..."
Its either "...has just been found NOT GUILTY on five of six.." or "...he was found GUILTY on one of six"

814 days ago
36.

palermo    

Absolutely disgusting. Money always talks. Let's hope at least Rielle doesn't forget he called her a drunken slut ...

814 days ago
37.

skintag    

All for a piece of ass. What a moron. His reputation is absolutely ruined. Karma's a Bitch.

814 days ago
38.

Xozak    

seems legit....spending campaign money to make myself seem less like a DB vs spending campaign money to make the other guy look like a DB...if you think about it... whats the difference?

814 days ago
39.

who dat    

They should retry him no matter the cost. This guy broke the law.

814 days ago
40.

Bridget    

Fine John you got out of this one. Now go to a quite little life and get the heck out of the Democratic party. You are an embarassment. We don't want you in the party and we don't need you.


What a dispicable excuse for a human being. I hope he realizes that his political career is over and no amount of friendly smiles or expensive haircuts will hide the ugliness of his soul now.


RIP to Elizabeth Edwards...don't worry karma will get him eventually.

814 days ago
41.

Gretel    

ahhhh... not guilty on one charge. I'll give all credit to the jury because all of them stuck to their guns. What is kind of pathetic is this had to do with sex and money, and those pathetic freaks on the Casey Anthony jury (yeah, I know .. not her again) couldn't even do a whole day.

814 days ago
42.

james    

What a D-bag, I hope his wife comes back as a Mac Truck and hits this fool while he is crossing the street. Edwards you sink and you'll burn in Hell.....

814 days ago
43.

Where's KOOKY?    

First, let me say that I think JE is the BIGGEST skumbag chithead on the planet, hands down. I do NOT condone in any way what he did to his late wife. And I detest how he got money out of a kind old lady under false pretenses.

However...having said all that, I don't believe he should have been found guilty for what he was charged with. Even the vast majority of the TV news commentators and legal experts -- on ALL stations -- said the prosecution had a very weak case. The money funneled to wh0re Rielle Hunter was NOT campaign contributions...it was classic "hush money" to cover up JE's wandering d1ck.

As much as it pains me to say this, had I been on that jury, I would have voted not guilty as well. It will be a sad day in America if we can't put aside our personal feelings for the defendants and judge solely on the crime committed. If not, we're all in the same boat and that's not what our justice system is all about.

JE will get hit by the karma bus at some point. But this trial simply wasn't the right venue for it.

814 days ago
44.

Dietra    

This is a post about John "I Am a Filthy Pig" Edwards, not Obama,who by the way is american.So GET OVER IT!

814 days ago
45.

RJ    

The court system is messed up they should of gave him something, He is such a SOB for what he did to his late wife and children.

814 days ago
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