May 31

Addressing reports after a judge ruled a mistrial in his case, John Edwards spoke to reporters saying-

“While I do not believe I did anything illegal … I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong”

Edwards got choked up when talking about his 4-year-old daughter conceived with mistress saying-

“Finally, my precious Quinn, who I love more than any of you could ever imagine…”

A jury found Edwards not guilty on count 3 of his charges and the Judge ruled a mistrial on the 5 other counts.

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UPDATE: 4:15pm EST

Jury finds John Edwards not guilty on count 3 and the Judge rules a mistrial on the 5 other counts. Now it will be up to prosecutors on whether they want to retry John Edwards.

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After 9 days of deliberations, a North Carolina jury has reached a verdict on former Senator and one time Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards.

The jury has reached a unanimous verdict on 1 of 6 counts and the judge has sent them back for more deliberation. Count 3 is the only verdict the jury came in with as it states Edwards accepted, received illegal campaign contributions in 2008.

Edwards’ defense want a mistrial on most counts as the judge weighs options with the deadlocked jury.

The jury began deliberating on May 18 after a month of testimony.

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Charged with six counts of violating federal campaign laws, Edwards was accused by the government of soliciting nearly $1 million from wealthy backers to finance a cover up of his illicit affair and illegitimate child while running for president in 2008.

Here is a break down of the charges:

Count 1: Conspiracy (maximum 5-year sentence)

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, is accused of conspiring to receive and conceal contributions in excess of the allowed limits from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron, a now-deceased Texas lawyer who was Edwards’ finance chairman.

Under the Federal Election Campaign Act, the most an individual could contribute to any candidate in 2008 was $2,300 in the primary election and $2,300 in the general election.

Prosecutors argued that Edwards, while a candidate for federal office, accepted $725,000 from Mellon and more than $200,000 from Baron. Counts 2-5 reflect that accusation.

Count 2: Illegal campaign contributions (maximum 5-year sentence)

Edwards is accused of receiving contributions from Mellon in excess of federal limits in 2007.

Count 3: Illegal campaign contributions (maximum 5-year sentence)

Edwards is accused of receiving contributions from Mellon in excess of of federal limits in 2008.

Count 4: Illegal campaign contributions (maximum 5-year sentence)

Edwards is accused of receiving contributions from Baron in excess of federal limits in 2007.

Count 5: Illegal campaign contributions (maximum 5-year sentence)

Edwards is accused of receiving contributions from Baron in excess of of federal limits in 2008.

Count 6: False statements (maximum 5-year sentence)

Edwards is accused of hiding from his presidential committee the hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from Mellon and Baron, causing that committee to create and submit inaccurate campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission.

If convicted Edwards would have faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of about $1 million.

Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/john-edwards-jury-reaches-verdict-details#ixzz1wU8VsHS5

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