Senator John Edwards was found NOT GUILTY on one of 5 counts today after 2 weeks of deliberations.
The judge declared a mistrial after the jury said they could not reach a decision on the other five counts.
The not guilty verdict was for count three - the charge that Edwards accepted and received illegal campaign contributions from Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon.
The mixed result came after nine days of jury deliberations in a trial that exposed Edwards’ sexual indiscretions and countless deceptions against the public, his aides and his family.
Edwards did not react when the verdict and mistrial were announced, but he was happy and smiling about an hour earlier when the jury said it had reached a verdict on one count after nine days of deliberations.
There is an option to retry the case, but experts say due to the complicated and controversial nature of the situation, a retrial is unlikely.
When the jury told the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked on the rest of the counts against the 58-year-old, she made the decision and dismissed them.
Confusion descended on the North Carolina courthouse around 2.30pm after the jury sent the judge a note to say they had reached their verdict after nine days of deliberations.
When the foreman was questioned by the judge, he revealed they had found a verdict for only ONE of the six counts in the charges that Edwards used campaign funds to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
The not-guilty verdict has brought an end to a scandalous five-year fall from grace for the man who was once hotly tipped as becoming the next President of the United States of America.