Edwards’ speech after the verdict. Really, what an SoB.
After 9 days of deliberation, a jury has found John Edwards not guilty on one of six charges of campaign finance corruption brought against him. A mistrial has been declared on the other five counts.
After initially announcing Thursday afternoon that it had reached a unanimous verdict on only one of six charges against Edwards, the judge sent the jury back to continue deliberations on the remaining five counts. Shortly after that, the jurors said they were deadlocked on those counts, at which point the judge announced a verdict of not guilty on the third count against Edwards, which charged that he had accepted and received illegal campaign contributions in 2008 from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon.
The judge then declared a mistrial on the remaining five counts.
Speaking in front of the courthouse following the turn of events, Edwards thanked the jurors for their “incredibly hard work and their diligence” in the case, as well as his family, and reiterated that he did not believe that he had broken a law.
So the Feds take a guy to trial and they’re not able (again) to get a conviction. Whether it’s a terrorist or a regular scumbag like Edwards, if you’re gonna go to trial at least know what the hell you’re doing.
Twitter reacted with some appropriate ridicule and snark. One of my favorites: