The charges against former South Carolina John Edwards will not once again see the inside of a court, reports NBC News today. The charges of illegal campaign contributions and trying to hide $1 million from donors to hide mistress Rielle Hunter ended with five inconclusive counts that will be another trial.
According to the AP, prosecutors declined to try Edwards again on the five counts that the jury could not reach a verdict on. Fox News has a statement from Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, where he argues that justice is best served leaving the charges be:
“We knew that this case — like all campaign finance cases — would be challenging,” he said. “But it is our duty to bring hard cases when we believe that the facts and the law support charging a candidate for high office with a crime.
“Last month, the government put forward its best case against Mr. Edwards, and I am proud of the skilled and professional way in which our prosecutors … conducted this trial. The jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on five of the six counts of the indictment, however, and we respect their judgment.”
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