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Edwards trial jurors say evidence wasn't there to convict (+video)

The jury acquitted the former US senator of one count of taking illegal campaign money and a mistrial was declared on five other federal counts.

A look back at Thursday's acquittal and mistrial of former US Senator John Edwards.
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Three jurors who acquitted former U.S. Senator John Edwards on one count of taking illegal campaign money for his failed 2008 presidential bid said on Friday there was not enough evidence to convict him of five related federal charges.

A mistrial was declared on those five counts on Thursday after the 12-member jury in Greensboro, North Carolina, said it was deadlocked on its ninth day of deliberation.

Three of the jurors, including the foreman, said on NBC's "Today" show they believed Edwards was guilty of at least some of the charges brought against him by the government.

Edwards, 58, was accused of masterminding a plot to funnel more than $900,000 from two wealthy supporters to conceal h is pregnant mistress from his cancer-stricken wife and voters during his bid to win the Democratic nomination four years ago.

"I think he definitely had some knowledge of the money, where the money was going," said juror Ladonna Foster.

"But he was just smart enough to hide it," said juror Cindy Aquaro, later adding, "The evidence just was not there for us to prove guilt."


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