US prosecutors drop case against John Edwards

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The US justice department has dropped its criminal case against former senator John Edwards, closing the book on a prosecution that had threatened the two-time presidential hopeful with prison and a further fall from grace. “We knew that this case – like all campaign finance cases – would be challenging,” Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney-general, said in a statement on Wednesday. “The jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on five of the six counts of the indictment, however, and we respect their judgement. “In the interest of justice, we have decided not to retry Mr Edwards on those counts.” Edwards, 59, was indicted in June 2011 and accused of seeking more than $900,000 from two…

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