Jurors tend to look past a criminal defendant’s reputation, no matter how odious, to render verdicts based on fact and law, lawyers said after former presidential candidate John Edwards won an acquittal and mistrial last week.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards isn’t likely to be retried for using illegal campaign contributions to hide an extramarital affair after a jury acquitted him on one count and failed to reach a verdict on five others, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The jury in the federal campaign finance trial of former U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards reached a verdict on one of six counts after almost two weeks of deliberations in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards planted seeds of destruction in his 2008 campaign with his extramarital affair and used a former aide as cover, prosecutors said at the close of his trial over alleged campaign-donation violations.
The jury deciding the fate of former presidential candidate John Edwards, who is accused of using illegal campaign donations to hide an extramarital affair, ended its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.
Ex-presidential candidate John Edwards, on trial for allegedly using campaign funds to hide an affair, initially targeted a longtime friend and a successful musician for money to support his mistress, a former aide said.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards can’t present evidence at his trial on the Federal Election Commission’s ruling that money for his mistress didn’t constitute campaign donations, a judge said.