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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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61.

Natty    

Er i think he is guilty of something banging another women while your wife is dying of cancer is indefensible, Oh sorry he was not on trail for that ok!!!

873 days ago
62.

bring back recent posts    

he was and is guilty...knew exactly where funds were going...the poor jury just had too much that was grey too deal with..u can't blame them...the defendent is just one of thousands who make the law...of course they will come out without a verdict

873 days ago
63.

Lulubelle    

This slime ball is still patting himself on the back. Sure, he makes breakfast for his son every morning. And his precious Quinn, who is denied as his child. He's sickening.

873 days ago
64.

DaveT    

Like most politicians and bureaucrats, greedy, selfish, lying, thieving parasites.
But if you have a $400 haircut, you know...it's all good.

873 days ago
65.

juju    

OMG people get over it!! Yes, what he did personally was awful, but he didn't break the law!! Holy crap Gingrich served one wife with divorce papers while she had cancer and wanted an "open marriage" with another wife and many wanted HIM to be our next president. And do we all EXACTLY know where his 20 million "donation" from Shel Adelsien went?? Every penny?? David Vitter was accused of using campaign funds for DC hookers and the whole thing suddenly "disappeared." Many(on her own staff) said that Christine" Iam not a witch" O'Donnell only liked to run for office so she could collect money to pay her bills. Why aren't these people on trial?? I get that Edwards behaved badly, but that's between him and his family -he did NOT break the law. You can't jail someone for cheating on their spouse, or 75% of Congress would be in jail.

873 days ago
66.

Peter Sc    

I am beginning to admire your justice system more.

873 days ago
67.

Kathy    

Just because he crossed the line of being morally wrong, doesn't mean that he was legally wrong. The prosecution had a very weak case. It was the right verdict. His children have already lost their mother, they need their father.

873 days ago
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JO-Anne Whittaker     

It would have been nice if he said a few nice words about his elderly parents who were there with him everyday throughout the trial...

873 days ago
69.

peaches01    

only in good ole America,can you get married ,have an affair, and produce a baby from that!!!! Than to cover-up the whole sordid ****!!!!!!!!!!!! He will walk.

873 days ago
70.

vanity    

If this money was a gift to Edwards, did he pay taxes on it?

872 days ago
71.

carol    

Casey Anthony jurors all over again- what is the matter with jurors? I would let him rot in jail for eternity - even that's too good for him.

872 days ago
72.

carol    

This piece of garbage - let me at him. I would put him away forever, let him rot in jail.

872 days ago
73.

She's baaaack    

Unfortunately, what he was being charged with came down to semantics and was quite nebulous. The jury did what they could with it. Lucky, lucky man. His daughter stood beside him the same way his wife Elizabeth stood beside him; both knowing what a POS he is, but never losing that "front." Elizabeth was no saint. She offered his s*** ass up to the USA as a candidate for the presidency knowing full well what a pig he was, so she lost a lot of points for doing that to her country for her own benefit.

872 days ago
74.

val    

GUILTY A$$'OLE HE IS ... ELIZABETH WAS THE BRAINS . HE IS A MORON .. AND RIELLE IS UGLY AND S***MY AND OH, SLEEPY AROUND WITH WHOEVER MARRIED OR NOT ... CREEPY WITH A KID HE COMPLIMENTS WHILE HE IGNORES CHILDREN HE HAD WITH ELIZABETH .. THOSE CHILDREN SHE RISKED HER LIFE HAVING AFTER 50 YEARS OLD AND LOST IT GETTING CANCER .. HE IGNORED NAMING THOSE CHILDREN AND APOLOGIZED TO NO ONE .. HE IS A DUMMY AND ELIZABETH WAS THE BRAIN. I HOPE HE DIES SOON WITH A HORRIBLE DEATH AND NO ONE AROUND BY THEN. HE CALLED RIELLE A WHORE SO HE KNOWS WHO THE KIDS' MOM IS. AND SHE IS AND HE IS .. HE IS A WHORE AND STOLE THAT MONEY FROM AN OLD LADY

872 days ago
75.

Jack    

How does this guy even look at himself in the mirror? He’s disgraceful. Loved his comments after the trial – something along the lines of this being proof of how our judicial system works. Well he’s got that right – another politician getting away with reprehensible conduct. Wonder if he ever thinks about his children’s mother and how he made her feel in the last few years of her life

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