The U.S. Attorney's office announced that it will not be seeking to reset the trial on any of the counts jurors could not reach a verdict on.
At the outset, the government's election-fraud case against John Edwards appeared open and shut. But vague laws, a shaky star witness, and political overtones all undercut the prosecution.
Republicans and African Americans in North Carolina were united in supporting a constitutional ban on gay marriage. The North Carolina is a key swing state in the 2012 presidential election.
North Carolina will vote Tuesday on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions. One North Carolina poll shows only 38 percent oppose the ban.
The indictment, unsealed Monday, says they were planning to attack targets overseas. It is not clear if they were connected to Al Qaeda.