Its official: Federal charges against John Edwards dropped. What do you think?
By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press
A relieved John Edwards said after his mistrial on campaign corruption
charges that he believed good things were still in store for him, though
image makers and his friends agree that does not include politics.
The ex-presidential candidate who turned 59 this week will no longer
have to face that future with federal charges hanging over his head
after prosecutors on Wednesday dropped their campaign fraud case against
him. After a six-week trial in North Carolina, jurors acquitted Edwards
May 31 on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions and
deadlocked on five other felony counts. The judge declared a mistrial.
The U.S. Justice Department said in a court order that it will not seek
to retry Edwards on the five unresolved counts, leaving some to say the
charges shouldn't have been brought in the first place.
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