The botched campaign finance case against John Edwards was a blow for the government in a high-profile, aggressive prosecution, forcing a reassessment of the merits of the charges as the government decides whether a second trial is justified.
A jury Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., federal district court found Edwards, a former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator from North Carolina, not guilty on one of six counts rooted in a scheme to violate federal campaign finance laws. Edwards was indicted last summer.
Shortly after the mistrial, Edwards declared outside the courthouse that he did not break campaign finance laws. “While I didn't do anything I thought was illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong,” he said. “There is no one else responsible for my sins.”
A DOJ spokeswoman, Alisa Finelli, declined to comment on the Edwards case.