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US prosecutors drop campaign corruption case against John Edwards following mistrial

FILE - In a Thursday, May 31, 2012 file photo, former presidential candidate John Edwards speaks outside a federal courthouse as his daughter, Cate Edwards, left, and father Wallace Edwards, listen after his campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial, in Greensboro, N.C. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 dropped all charges against Edwards after his corruption trial ended last month in a deadlocked jury. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 13, 2012 - 4:23 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Federal prosecutors have filed an order dismissing the remaining criminal charges against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

A jury in North Carolina acquitted the former presidential candidate last month on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions. It deadlocked on five other felony counts, resulting in a mistrial on those charges.

A statement issued by the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday said prosecutors will not seek to retry Edwards on the five unresolved counts.

Edwards was accused of masterminding a scheme to use about $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy political donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

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