John Edwards' Trial Ends With Not-Guilty and Mistrial Rulings
After nine days of deliberation the jury in the trial of John Edwards reached a verdict on one of the the six counts against him -- not guilty. They failed to reached a verdict on the five other counts and the judge declared a mistrial on those.
The New York Times explains:
The verdict came on the third count, which involved donations from the heiress Rachel Mellon. Mrs. Mellon gave more than $725,000 to help Mr. Edwards during his 2008 presidential campaign, during which large sums were spent to cover up an affair between Mr. Edwards and a former staff videographer, Rielle Hunter, with whom he conceived a daughter.
The third count involves a $200,000 check Mrs. Mellon wrote in 2008 as the Edwards campaign was collapsing. The check was not cashed until after the campaign had ended.
Of course Edwards is not entirely out of the woods, as Politico reports:
He still faces the possibility of challenges to his North Carolina law license as a result of his numerous false public statements about the affair and the effort to cover it up.
Despite the verdict, Edwards has suffered huge damage to do much to restore his public image or reputation. A recent CBS News/New York Times poll found only 3 percent of Americans approved of Edwards.