Former Sen. John Edwards poses in his North Moore High School Mustangs varsity football team uniform during his senior year in Robbins, N.C., in 1970. Edwards Family/Zuma Press/Newscom/File
John Edwards is pictured in his North Moore High School graduation picture in Robbins, N.C., in 1971. Edwards Family/Zuma Press/Newscom/File
John Edwards and his fiance Elizabeth Anania attend their graduation from the University of North Carolina School of Law school in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1977. Edwards Family/Zuma Press/Newscom/File
John and Elizabeth Edwards are pictured on their wedding day, July 30, 1977. Edwards Family/AP/File
John and Elizabeth Edwards pose with their son Wade in Nashville, Tenn., in an undated photo. Tragically, Wade died in a car accident in 1996. Edwards Family/Zuma Press/Newscom/File
John Edwards celebrates with his wife Elizabeth (l.) and daughters Katie (r.) and Emma Claire at the Democratic party headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 3, 1998, after Mr. Edwards defeated incumbent Republican Lauch Faircloth for his seat in the US Senate. Karen Tam/AP/File
Then-Sen. John Edwards (D) of North Carolina (c.), along with (from left) then-Sen. Mike DeWine (R) of Ohio, then-Sen. Arlen Specter (R) of Pennsylvania, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont, and then-Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut, meets with reporters to discuss the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in Washington in 1999. Tim Sloan/AFP/Newscom/File
Then-Sen. John Edwards gives his stump speech while campaigning for the Democratic Party nomination for president during a town hall-style meeting at the Legion Arts gallery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Oct. 7, 2003. Andy Nelson/Staff/File
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean and then-Sen. John Edwards visit before the start of the CNN 'Rock The Vote' debate at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mass. on Nov. 04, 2003.
Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts, along with Democratic vice presidential candidate, then-Sen. John Edwards, wave to a crowd at Riverscape Metropark in Dayton, Ohio, on July 7, 2004. Matt Sullivan/Reuters/File
Democratic vice presidential nominee and then-Sen. John Edwards looks into the crowd as he walks with his daughter Emma Claire while his wife, Elizabeth, holds son, Jack, at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Mass., on July 28, 2004. Andy Nelson/Staff/File
US presidential candidate and former Senator John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth link hands with Martin Luther King, III (l.), son of deceased civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., after speaking in New York on Jan. 14, 2007. Keith Bedford/Reuters/File
Democratic presidential candidates former Senator John Edwards, then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) of New York, and then-Senator Barack Obama (D) of Illinois, acknowledge the audience at the start of a debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on June 3, 2007. Lisa Hornak/Reuters/File
John and Elizabeth Edwards arrive at Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People 2007 Gala in New York.
US Democratic presidential candidate and former Senator John Edwards campaigns with his wife Elizabeth at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on Jan. 1, 2008. Elizabeth Edwards died of breast cancer on December 7, 2010. John Gress/Reuters/File
Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of John Edwards, leaves the federal courthouse in Raleigh, N.C., on Aug. 6, 2009, carrying her daughter with Mr. Edwards, Frances Quinn Hunter. On June 3, a federal grand jury indicted Edwards on felony charges for allegedly misusing campaign funds to keep quiet his affair with Ms. Hunter and the resulting birth of their child. Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT/Newscom/File
The jury acquitted the former US senator of one count of taking illegal campaign money and a mistrial was declared on five other federal counts.
ByColleen Jenkins, Reuters
Three jurors who acquitted former U.S. Senator John Edwards on one count of taking illegal campaign money for his failed 2008 presidential bid said on Friday there was not enough evidence to convict him of five related federal charges.