GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - John Edwards' campaign finance fraud
case has ended in a mistrial and it doesn't look like the case will
return to court.
Jurors acquitted the former presidential candidate on one of the
six charges he faced, but they were unable to reach a verdict on
The trial exposed a sordid sex scandal that unfolded while
Edwards' wife was dying of cancer. But prosecutors couldn't
convince jurors that Edwards masterminded a million dollar cover-up
of his affair.
Appearing outside the court in Greensboro, N.C., Edwards said
while he never thought he'd done anything illegal, he did do an
"awful lot that was wrong." Edwards thanked the jury and his
family, and choked up when talking about the daughter he had with
his mistress Rielle (ree-EHL') Hunter.
He also said he doesn't "think God's through" with him, and
suggested he might pursue efforts aimed at helping poor children.
Federal prosecutors may be through with Edwards, though. A law
enforcement official tells The Associated Press a retrial is
Legal experts have described the case as difficult to prosecute,
centering as it did on the arcane world of campaign finance law.
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