John Edwards gets off: No new trial for ex-Senator

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The Justice Department said on Wednesday it would not retry former U.S. Senator John Edwards on five campaign finance charges that stemmed from his failed 2008 White House bid.

Edwards’ trial ended last month with a federal jury acquitting him on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions but deadlocking on five related charges.

“We knew that this case – like all campaign finance cases – would be challenging,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said in a statement. “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.”

“The jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on five of the six counts of the indictment, however, and we respect their judgment,” Breuer said. “In the interest of justice, we have decided not to retry Mr. Edwards on those counts.”


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