Edwards Mistrial Sinks DOJ's Novel Campaign Finance Charges

By Ian Thoms (May 31, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT) -- John Edwards, the former trial attorney turned political star turned philandering pariah, on Thursday escaped an ambitious criminal prosecution accusing him of using illegal campaign donations to cover up an extramarital affair, gaining a measure of vindication and dealing a blow to the U.S. Department of Justice in the process.

Edwards, who had faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted, was found not guilty on one of the counts against him, but jurors deadlocked on the other five and the judge declared a mistrial. He was acquitted on Count 3 of the indictment, which accused him of accepting excessive...

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