After nine days of deliberation over a case that proved at times both bizarre and sordid, a jury on Thursday found John Edwards not guilty on one of six charges of campaign finance corruption. A mistrial has been declared on the other five counts.
After initially announcing Thursday afternoon that it had reached a unanimous verdict on only one of six charges against Edwards, the judge sent the jury back to continue deliberations on the remaining five counts. Shortly thereafter, the jurors said they were deadlocked on those counts. Subsequently, a verdict of not guilty was announced on the third count against Edwards, and a mistrial was declared on the remaining five counts.
The third count, of which Edwards was declared not guilty, charged that he had accepted and received illegal campaign contributions in 2008 from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon.
Speaking in front of the courthouse after the verdict and mistrials were announced, Edwards praised the jurors for their “incredibly hard work and their diligence” in the case, and delivered an emotional thank you to his children — including Cate, who accompanied him to court nearly every day of trial, and Quinn, the daughter he had with his mistress, Rielle Hunter.