After a very public trial, former presidential candidate John Edwards was found not guilty of violating campaign finance laws and the judge declared a mistrial on five other counts against him.
That means, unless the U.S. Justice Department decides to retry him, the criminal case against Edwards is over. He was accused of accepting more than the legal limit of campaign donations and of using that money to hide an extramarital affair. During that affair, with television reporter Rielle Hunter, Edwards fathered a child, whom he publicly acknowledged at the end of the trial.
Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, was John Kerry's runningmate in the 2004 presidential election. He faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all counts, though the federal government has the option to retry him.
Do you think that Edwards' trial was fair? Or did he just get away with a crime?