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.
Greensboro, North Carolina
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.
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."