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Carolina former US senator John Edwards found not guilty of accepting illegal campaign contributions.
From supporter Rachel bunny Mellon back in 2008.
And we be talking about the six counts that he.
Was charged with that bunny Mellon donated more than 2300 dollars the limit for the year 2007 is what counts.
Two and three essentially state count three is that -- donated more than the limit for the year 2008.
The jurors have now come back and said that he is not guilty on those so now we're waiting for the jurors to continue to deliberate to bring us.
The other five counts and my legal panel who has been.
Here with us since -- -- beginning of the show essentially says the count three pretty much set the stage.
For what is to come mark and would you say -- -- areas are different could we still -- now is he guilty charges coming out.
I'm really seems to believe that this is pretty much the precursor for what is going to be not guilty on all six counts right Randy Humphrey was the strongest.
Count in terms of the government's arsenal the judge has declared a mistrial folks in the the edwards' trial so.
We're just talking about this it's a mistrial.
-- What what does this mean.
I based on three being not guilty I think the prosecution might be reluctant to go forward is that we have -- Conspiracy charges were false -- sort of the cases kind of -- at that point does the prosecution.
Try to come out this the second time in -- -- try to prove their case and it in a better way and it did what do they do wrong.
Well that's -- they get a second chance via figured out yeah what did it wrong and they call it additional witnesses new witnesses witnesses they didn't call.
Usually -- witnesses are a lot longer than the amount of witnesses that they can call.
So unfortunately what we've seen in a lot of recent federal cases of the that the government will need to take a second chance it's a lot of money for taxpayers and that's another issue.
-- to consider Randy is prosecution gonna take a second chance or are they taking too large of a gamble -- going.
I wish that they wouldn't in in all the cases that I've tried I've only had one case.
Where I had in this trial and in the government came back and dismiss.
You would like to think -- again.
Most people I think feel that this was simply a matter of this was a a trial of morality and not a trial of actual criminal conduct and again given the fact it.
It would have been perfectly okay because of super pacs.
I wonder if the government as mark just said doesn't -- you know -- was our best shot.
-- a -- is really ours our strongest witnesses are not coming back.
That's not going to change that is -- all of a sudden they can bring Fred Fred baron back from the dead or bunny -- -- a 102.
By the publication of the trial is gonna be in good shape.
Mean -- -- -- -- -- -- talk about taxpayers' money coming forward having to pay per second trial how many years down the line are we talking for it for the prosecution.
To gather up and start this all over again it's -- -- prepared to give you like another nine months to a year where they're ready to go to trial.
But the other thing it.
Going back to Blagojevich he's on -- -- on CN second time around and shot right up but frankly even the prosecution may not have their key.
Witness it what if they decide to retry and Edwards says okay I'm getting out -- this time.
That could be a situation where.
I'm just getting -- -- that we're not a hardware -- he would say that a case for -- -- he's guilty because he made a decision to get on the stand.
So even if found not guilty -- one count of violating campaign finance laws the judge has declared in this trial on.
Five other counts of the prosecution now must decide how long do they have before they have to decide whether or not.
To go ahead and -- -- this again mark.
-- -- I'm not necessarily certain that there is some because now it would have to try those five counts that one -- -- already -- -- that -- -- -- which they would come back to court they would go back to trial.
And and try to prove him guilty of five count.
Correct and the reason why that happened this way is because not too long ago the Supreme Court held that if the verdict the one count that there is a unanimous verdict on is not published.
It doesn't count and and be the importance of that case was that it was a tough count murder count.
And the defense argued that jeopardy had attacks in the Supreme Court said no because the verdict was not published.
You gonna go again even though that the jury saying internally he's not guilty on the top count.
So I think that you will see relatively quickly decision made by the process.
You're an independent but see here's the thing they're gonna wanna set a precedent I -- this get this this this trial got so much attention not to campaign finance laws.
They don't want to just let it go maybe that's enough.
You know maybe it's enough that they've gotten if they think that the -- people -- sent the message they put John Edwards through the -- his career isn't over yet is his love life you know you can -- I didn't learn I don't -- a woman that's gonna wanna have anything to do you can win too much sometimes yeah maybe your your point.
Is well taken they got what they wanted -- -- go home with your -- not completely between -- -- your legs because you got hung on five fright like take a chance and coming back the next time.
Getting punched out on a not guilty on the other five you really they're gonna have some upset taxpayers we have to take a quick break yet nobody it certainly has I mean everybody's watching everybody's listening and everybody is well aware about what he was accused of and I'm sure a lot of people convicted them.
Convicted him in their own minds on on on suffered more ethical.
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