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Federal Prosecutors Drop Case Against John Edwards

Federal prosecutors have moved to drop all charges against John Edwards after his corruption trial ended last month in a deadlocked jury.

Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards exits the federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

A jury in North Carolina acquitted the former presidential candidate last month on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions. It deadlocked on five other felony counts, resulting in a mistrial on those charges.

A U.S. Justice Department statement on Wednesday said prosecutors will not seek to retry Edwards on the five unresolved counts.

Edwards was accused of masterminding a scheme to use about $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy political donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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