As many expected, federal prosecutors are dropping all charges against John Edwards after his corruption trial ended last month in a deadlocked jury. A U.S. Justice Department statement said prosecutors will not seek to retry Edwards on five unresolved counts.
Last month, a North Carolina jury acquitted Edwards on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions and deadlocked on five other felony counts and the judge declared a mistrial.
The Washington Post:
Edwards’ lawyers — Abbe Lowell, Allison Van Laningham and Alan W. Duncan — said in a joint statement that they are pleased with the government’s decision not to seek a second trial that they believe would have had the same outcome.
“While John has repeatedly admitted to his sins, he has also consistently asserted, as we demonstrated at the trial, that he did not violate any campaign law nor even imagined that any campaign laws could apply,” they said. “We are very glad that, after living under this cloud for over three years, John and his family can have their lives back and enjoy the peace they deserve.”
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The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.