John Edwards Jury Reaches Not Guilty Verdict & Declares Mistrial

Thu, May 31, 2012 4:26pm EST by 8 Comments
John Edwards Verdict

On its ninth day of deliberations in Greensboro, NC., jurors found John not guilty on one out of the six counts on May 31 — then the judge declared a mistrial!

John Edwards’ fate is decided — he’s a free man! The former senator was facing six felony charges stemming from the 2008 presidential race in which he was accused of using $1 million in campaign funds to hide his extramarital affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter. But now he’s off the hook, after the jury found him not guilty on Count 3 and the judge ruled the rest a mistrial.

John had been on trial waiting to receive his verdict, while his eldest daughter Cate Edwards Upham and his parents Bobbie and Wallace Edwards have loyally shown up to court every day.

John was having his affair while married to his wife Elizabeth Edwards. Elizabeth died on Dec. 7 2010 after battling breast cancer.

We told you that John went off on an angry tirade during the trial, calling his mistress former mistress and mother to his now 4-year-old daughter Frances Quinn Hunter, “a crazy slut” when she revealed he got her pregnant during their 2007 affair, Edwards’ former aide testified April 24.

The former Democratic presidential candidate was “angry and concerned,” when he found out about the baby, his former aide Andrew Young said, calling Edwards a “master manipulator.”

— Chloe Melas

More On The John Edwards Trial:

  1. John Edwards Trial — Calls Mistress Rielle Hunter A ‘Crazy Slut’
  2. John Edwards SCANDAL — Plowing Prostitutes During Presidential Campaign?
  3. John Edwards’ Mistress PREGNANT With 2nd Edwards Baby?

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Posted at 5:30 PM on May 31, 2012  

sad another idoit walks free justice is really mess the hell up.that bastard will get his one day.

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Posted at 11:24 PM on May 31, 2012  

he and his kids are getting theirs… don’t worry. i think those kids are going to turn out to be very special individuals, having been subjected to the life they’ve had.

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Posted at 5:08 PM on May 31, 2012  

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Posted at 11:23 PM on May 31, 2012  

i don’t think the law was cut and dry on this, so i do not feel like this is a taint on the legal system. is money paid by supporters to hide a mistress a campaign contribution? i dunno. he was guilty of being a scoundrel, but whether or not that money counts as a campaign contribution is another story. i don’t actually know why such a thing would be in the jury’s hands, not decided by the judge- but, i don’t think it’s as cut and dry as you suggest. he wasn’t on trial for adultery. in any case, i’d like to see the actual jury instructions to see what exactly they were charged to decide. if you don’t have that, you don’t really have grounds for saying the system is a sham.

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