Latest in Edwards corruption trial: A news guide

Associated Press Modified: May 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm •  Published: May 31, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — John Edwards' campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial Thursday when jurors acquitted him on one of six charges but were unable to decide whether he misused money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president.

Q: WHAT WAS REVEALED IN THE TRIAL?

A: The trial exposed a sordid sex scandal that unfolded while Edwards' wife was dying of cancer, but prosecutors couldn't convince jurors that the ex-U.S. senator and 2004 vice presidential candidate masterminded a $1 million cover-up of his affair.

Q: WHAT CHARGE DID JURORS FIND HIM NOT GUILTY?

A: Jurors acquitted him on a charge of accepting illegal campaign contributions, involving $375,000 from elderly heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon in 2008. He had also been charged with illegally accepting $350,000 from Mellon in 2007, other donations from wealthy Texas attorney Fred Baron, filing a false campaign finance report and conspiracy.

Q: WHAT DID THE JURORS SAY?

A: The jurors, who deliberated nine days, did not talk to the media as they left the courthouse.

Q: WILL THERE BE A RETRIAL?

A: Although prosecutors did not immediately comment on whether they would seek to retry Edwards, a knowledgeable law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday that it's unlikely the Justice Department will retry Edwards.

Q: DID EDWARDS SAY ANYTHING?

A: Edwards said from the courthouse steps: "While I do not believe I did anything illegal, or ever thought I was doing anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong and there is no one else responsible for my sins."