John Edwards, the former vice-presidential candidate who wrecked his political career with an extramarital affair, walked free from court on Thursday after a chaotic end to a month-long trial for using campaign funds to cover up his infidelity. After nine days of deliberations, the jury was only able to reach a verdict on one count, declaring him not guilty of accepting illegal campaign contributions from supporter Rachel "Bunny" Mellon in 2008. The judge declared a mistrial on the other five counts. Edwards did not react when the developments were announced, but smiled about an hour earlier when the jury said it had reached a verdict on one count after nine days of deliberations.
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