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John Edwards

NO PRISON

In Campaign Fraud Case

6/13/2012 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A huge victory for John Edwards -- prosecutors will NOT be retrying the former Presidential candidate after the judge declared a mistrial in his campaign fraud case ... meaning he's officially in the clear.

Last month, Edwards was found "not guilty" of accepting illegal campaign contributions -- 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.

It was unclear if federal prosecutors would seek to retry Edwards -- but today, they filed an order dismissing the remaining charges ... meaning there will be no retrial.

The remaining charges included 3 additional counts of receiving illegal campaign contributions, one count of conspiracy, and one count of making false statements.

Edwards had been accused of using nearly $1 million in campaign contributions to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter and their lovechild from the public.

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