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Edwards jury reaches verdict on one count, deliberations on others continue

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Jurors have reached a unanimous verdict on one of six counts in John Edwards’ campaign corruption trial. That verdict has not been read, and the judge has ordered the jury back to continue deliberations.

Edwards’ defense seeks mistrial on most counts. The judge is weighing options with the jury deadlocked.

The jurors have been deliberating for about nine days.

Edwards is accused of masterminding a plan to use money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. Defense attorneys say Edwards did not knowingly break campaign finance laws. They also say the payments to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter were gifts, not campaign contributions.

Edwards is charged with six criminal counts. They include conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act, accepting contributions that exceeded limits and causing his campaign to file a false financial disclosure report.

He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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