John Edwards Jury Reaches Verdict, Of Sorts

By Scott Sarvay
By Daniela Salvador

May 31, 2012 Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM EST

Greensboro, NC (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The jury's verdict is not guilty in the John Edwards campaign finance fraud trial on at least on one of the six criminal counts.

The jury returned Thursday afternoon saying they had reached a verdict, as it turns out they had only come to an agreement on one of the six charges against him. They were deadlocked on the remaining five.

Shortly after the announcement, a judge declared a mistrial.
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Several jurors from the John Edwards campaign corruption trial are offering some insight Friday on what led them to their decision.

The jury that judged Edwards didn't find sordid details of his scandalous affair that pertinent to the decision they reached Thursday.

"We tried to put our feelings aside and what we were doing was looking at the facts to come up with our verdict," Juror Cindy Aquaro said.

Three of jurors talked about the verdict on the “Today” show Friday. The verdict to acquit Edwards on one count but deadlocked on five others even though they still doubt his innocence.

They say, however, the majority wanted to acquit on the other five charges too. According to them, the government presented a weak case with an admitted liar as star witness, former aide Andrew Young.

"I think the credibility of the witness was of the upmost importance to us," Jury Foreman David Recchion said.

The mistrial has forced the government to decide whether to retry Edwards, which many find unlikely.

"The Department of Justice should not retry this case," Former Federal Prosecutor Kieran Shanahan said. “It's not in the interest of justice."

While Edwards awaits that decision, he has hinted at trying to redeem himself.

"I don't think God's through with me," Edwards said.

This has led to speculation on whether he means personally or politically.




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