The jury in the trial of John Edwards (pictured) was deadlocked on five counts, leading the judge to declare a mistrial.
The verdict followed nine days of deliberations and hours of confusion.
The jury finally sent a note that said: “We have finished our deliberations and arrived at our decision on counts one through six.” Confusion reigned when the jury foreman said that they had not.
Most trial observers could not have been surprised at the result after learning that one alternate juror’s had flirted with the defendant John Edwards.
No retrial date was set. The judge said she probably does not have time on her calendar to start a retrial until September at the earliest.