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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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76.

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

783 days ago
77.

sonnfish    

Did he declare that income and pay taxes on it?
If he "worked" for it, then he would owe FICA taxes as well. Hello IRS, are you listening??????

783 days ago
78.

marty    

how nice to think about your bastard kid form a ho. That is what killed you wife. Hope you two turds live happily ever after.

783 days ago
79.

Jillian    

THIS S***BAG IS AS GUILTY AS SIN AND I HOPE HE ROTS IN HELL.

782 days ago
80.

pimpdaddy    

A total sleazeball. And the jury got it right? Ya, this is how we reward dirt bags. I feel for his deceased wife that had to endure this lo life...total s***!

782 days ago
81.

Joybubble55    

The justice stinks.....examples are......OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, Edwards..... Unbelievable.....

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