John Edwards Corruption Case Officially Dismissed

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Former U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful John Edwards will not face another trial after the judge in charge of his case dismissed it Wednesday.

On Wednesday, government lawyers asked Judge Catherine Eagles to dismiss their case with prejudice and will not attempt to charge him again.

Two weeks ago, a federal jury found Edwards not guilty on one campaign finance charge, but they couldn't reach a decision on five other counts.

A mistrial was declared on the outstanding charges, meaning the U.S. could have re-tried Edwards, but having failed to win once, they will not.

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It also dredged up a lot of rather embarrassing Rielle Hunter details.

Still, not guilty is not guilty, and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division said in a statement:

"The jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on five of the six counts of the indictment, however, and we must respect their judgment."

"In the interest of justice, we have decided not to retry Mr. Edwards."

Edwards' attorneys responded to the news on Wednesday lauding the decision and reiterating that John's "sins," while sinful, weren't illegal.

"While John has repeatedly admitted to his sins, he has also consistently asserted, as we demonstrated at the trial, that he did not violate any campaign law nor even imagined that any campaign laws could apply," the statement read.

"We are confident that the outcome of any new trial would have been the same. We are very glad that, after living under this cloud for over three years, John and his family can have their lives back and enjoy the peace they deserve."

Edwards was accused of receiving over a million dollars in donations that he used to shield his mistress Rielle and their love child from the public.

While he definitely tried to cover up his affair, proving the illegality of it - and what money was being spent on it - was an uphill battle for the feds.

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