REPORT: John Edwards Not Guilty On One Count, Judge Declares Mistrial

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UPDATE: The judge in the John Edwards campaign finance case has declared a mistrial, Bloomberg News is reporting.A jury reportedly found Edwards not guilty on count three for taking illegal campaign contributions, but it was deadlocked on every other count.

The Associated Press previously reported that the judge had misunderstood the jury in the Edwards’ trial.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles thought jurors had reached a decision on all six counts.

The judge in charge of the John Edwards trial is telling jurors to “go back to work” on deliberating the case, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin reported.

Toobin also called the Edwards campaign finance trial “a mess.”

There was a false alarm in the Edwards case earlier today.

Shortly after 2 p.m., ABC’s political reporter Jake Tapper reported that the John Edwards verdict would be announced momentarily.

In a flurry of tweets, we at BI misinterpreted a tweet and incorrectly reported that Edwards was guilty on six counts.

It then appeared that the jury had only reached a unanimous verdict on count three for taking illegal campaign contributions from Bunny Mellon, Tapper reported.

Stay tuned for more details.

NOTE: We momentarily misinterpreted some tweets at 2:36 p.m. and incorrectly reported that Edwards was found guilty. ABC News never reported that Edwards was found guilty. We apologise for the mistake.

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