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AP source: Justice Dept. unlikely to retry Edwards

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A knowledgeable law enforcement official says it is unlikely that the Justice Department will retry John Edwards.

The official made the comment after the campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity about the case regarding an issue that will undergo much review inside the government in the coming days.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier version, read below.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Former presidential candidate John Edwards was found not guilty on one of six campaign fraud charges Thursday, and the jury could not reach a verdict on the other counts, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on them.

Edwards was accused of masterminding a plan to use money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress during his run for the White House in 2008.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier version, read below.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The ninth day of deliberations in John Edwards' campaign fraud trial took a bizarre turn Thursday when the judge mistakenly believed the jurors had reached a verdict on all six counts.

Instead, the jury told the judge they had a unanimous decision on only one charge involving money from wealthy heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon.

Edwards is accused of masterminding a plan to use money from Mellon and another wealthy donor to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for president in 2008.

Edwards appeared happy and smiled at his family. His attorneys argued for a mistrial on the other counts and they wanted the verdict announced.

The verdict was not read, and U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles told the jurors to keep deliberating. She apologized for calling them into the courtroom and then sending them back for more discussions.

"I was obviously under the impression you had reached a verdict on all six counts," Eagles said.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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