By MICHAEL BIESECKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS

GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Edwards was acquitted on one charge of campaign finance fraud and a mistrial was declared on five other counts Thursday when jurors said they couldn't decide if he illegally used money to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president.

The monthlong trial exposed a sordid sex scandal that dashed Edwards' White House aspirations in 2008, and the jury's decision came on a confusing day.

The judge initially called jurors in to read a verdict on all six counts, before learning that they had only agreed to one. About an hour later, the jury sent the note to the judge saying it had exhausted its discussions.

Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold:

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@ samsteinhp : Edwards: "i don't think god is through with me"

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@ mpoindc : Wow, Edwards: "And finally, my precious Quinn, who I love more than any of you could ever imagine...I am so grateful for Quinn..."

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@ TheFix : "There is no one else responsible for my sins." -- John Edwards.

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@ HuffPostPol : Edwards: Jurors took their job "very, very seriously"

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@ DMarkPOLITICO : Dem consultant Garry South: "No amount of attempted rehabilitation will save the philandering Edwards' reputation." http://t.co/jdJiyksz

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@ jaketapper : Our reporter Jim Hill says Edwards' mother said “We prayed for this and God answered our prayers."

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@ AntDeRosa : RT @ProducerMatthew: CNN homepage says John Edwards found "guilty" on one count... http://t.co/2J8grOzE

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All of the attention on the John Edwards verdict presents some political opportunity for the clever-minded. As Twitter explodes with reaction to the not-guilty-on-one-count verdict, the AFL-CIO's super PAC has jumped into action, buying the following ad that's featured on "John Edwards" searches:

@ WorkersVoice : Searching for John Edwards?!?! Are you serious? Wouldn't your time be better spent making calls to recall Walker? http://t.co/Bxy9z56H

-- Sam Stein

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@ BreakingNews : Judge has ruled a mistrial on the 5 remaining charges in John Edwards trial - @NBCNews http://t.co/AE0QlTsN

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@ jaketapper : EDWARDS TRIAL: NOT GUILTY on county 3, HUNG JURY on all other counts -- ABC News NC team

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@ AlyssaNewcomb : Not guilty - count 3

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@ ProducerMatthew : RT @1360WCHL: BREAKING: Jury heading back to courtroom. 'Decision has been made.' #edwardstrial

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@ ethanklapper : GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Edwards, attorneys back in courtroom after judge tells jurors to keep deliberating; reason unclear.

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The AP reports:

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, and the panel was sent back to the jury room for more talks.

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The jury reached a verdict on one count of illegal campaign contributions involving Mellon, but their decision was not announced.

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

It 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.

The judge read the jury the Allen Charge, encouraging them to reconsider their positions and deliberate further. But she said it's possible they may not be able to come to a unanimous decision on the other counts.

"If that's so, that's so," Eagles said.

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@ JeffreyToobin : Finishing previous tweet . . . Today's news -- so far -- is better for defense than prosecution.

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@ joshgerstein : Another jury note in Edwards

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HuffPost Media reports:

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin was characteristically candid about the latest shambolic developments in the John Edwards corruption trial.

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While the 16 jurors in the John Edwards trail are not allowed to be fully identified until after the trial, the court has provided a list of their occupations:

  • Special education teacher
  • Financial consultant
  • Customer service
  • Maintenance mechanic
  • Mechanic/driver
  • Retired railroad engineer
  • Human resources
  • Retired accountant
  • Heat press lead
  • Retired police/fire department
  • Mechanic
  • Corporate vice president
  • Restaurant employee
  • Machine operator
  • Pharmacist
  • Teacher

-- Ethan Klapper

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@ AP : MORE: Judge apparently misunderstood Edwards jurors and thought they had reached a verdict on all six counts: http://t.co/cPimsyoY -MS

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@ HuffPostMedia : Jeffrey Toobin on CNN: 'this is a mess. This is not how a trial is supposed to end.' #edwards

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The AP reports:

The jury in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial has reached a verdict on one of six counts, but is apparently deadlocked on the others.

The judge told the jury Thursday that she understood that the panel had reached a verdict on all counts, and the jury foreman said no.

Prosecutors argued that the jury should keep deliberating and the defense asked for the verdict on the one count and a mistrial on the others.

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Below, a slideshow of the most intriguing revelations from Rielle Hunter in her 2010
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  • Love At First Sight?

    "And when they left, my friend went over and asked Tony if that was John Edwards, and he said yes. And my friend turned to me and said, 'See, I told you it was John Edwards.' And then I came over to the table, and I said, 'I can't believe that was John Edwards; he's so hot. He's really got it going on. He's got something unusual about him, and I never would have recognized him.' And Tony said, 'Oh, my God, you should have come over and told him that. He would have loved to have heard that.'"

  • An Extraordinary Night

    "We had an extraordinary night, and I did know that this was unlike anything either of us had ever experienced. And as we have all learned, that was accurate! [laughs] He in fact did say to me the first night, 'Falling in love with you could really [screw] up my plans for becoming President.' And of course I said, 'If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.'"

  • The Oddest Connection He Had Ever Felt

    "Well, what Johnny later told me was, he went to dinner and could not stop thinking about me, like, 'Who was that woman, and why didn't I go over and talk to her?' ... So when he walked around the corner and saw me standing there, he lit up like a Christmas tree. And I thought his reaction when he saw me was just so cute. I mean, he looked like a little kid at Christmas. And I just uttered to him, 'You're so hot.' And he said, 'Why, thank you!' And he almost jumped into my arms. Literally. And um, that's how we met. On the corner of 61st and Park Avenue."

  • 'I Had To Sleep With Him'

    "I used to make a joke that I could have helped save the world, but I had to sleep with him. You know? It was kind of like that."

  • Falling In Love

    "I fell in love with Johnny ... He called me the next day. We talked on the phone almost every night for four hours. We met on February 21. On February 25—on the phone, from Davenport, Iowa—I fell in love with him. Head over heels in love. I was a goner."

  • Here's ... Johnny!

    "Isn't that funny? You know, when I first met him, the first week of our relationship, I said to him, 'For some reason I cannot call you John, it doesn't come out. Could I call you Johnny?' And he said, 'That's my name.' And I didn't know that, but that's his actual birth name."

  • Knight In Shining Armor?

    "I had this thing in my head like a lot of women, where you want your man to stand up on a cliff and scream, 'I LOVE HER.' You know, the knight in shining armor. And that wasn't what was going on."

  • On Her Relationship Status

    "I am not engaged."

  • Why She's Talking Now

    "I feel comfortable talking now, because Johnny went public and made a statement admitting paternity. I didn't feel like I could ever speak until he did that. Because had I spoken, I would have emasculated him. And I could not emasculate him. Also, it is not my desire to teach my daughter that when Mommy's upset with Daddy, you take matters into your own hands and fix Daddy's mistakes. Which I view as one of the biggest problems in all female-and-male relationships."

  • Not A Gold Digger

    "I mean, just for starters, I never 'hit on' Johnny. I'm not a predator, I'm not a gold digger, I'm not the stalker. I didn't have any power in that way in our relationship. He held all the power."

  • 'The Wrath Of Elizabeth Is A Mighty Wrath'

    "And I believe what happened in his marriage is, he could not go to his wife and say, 'We have an issue.' Because he would be pummeled. So he had a huge fear. Most of his mistakes or errors in judgment were because of his fear of the wrath of Elizabeth. He's allowed himself to be pushed into a lot of things that he wouldn't normally do because of Elizabeth's story line. And the spin that she wants to put out there. He was emasculated. And you know, the wrath of Elizabeth is a mighty wrath."

  • 'I Was A Bit Promiscuous'

    "I was never, as it's been reported, a drug addict. The word addiction means inability to stop. I stopped doing drugs in my twenties. As for being promiscuous, I would say that I was a bit promiscuous for about six months. But it was because I was partying, and there were a lot of very good-looking available 20-year-old men around that you'd be partying with, and there was a lot of, you know, hooking up going on."

  • A Toxic Relationship

    "[Elizabeth] was in denial about a lot of facts. And I say she was in denial because, you know, their relationship has been dysfunctional and toxic and awful for many, many years. And she was aware of, um, problems and chose to ignore them."

  • 'I Don't Really Believe He Was A Politician'

    "Well, I don't really believe he was a politician. I believe his ego and ambition drove him to that field. I believe he's more aligned with being a humanitarian. That suits his true nature. Just like I wasn't a mistress. You know, I'm not a mistress, but I played the role? I believe he played the role of a politician. It's not who he is. Being a politician was a path of transformation for him, I believe. It's not really what he was put on the planet to do."

  • Not A 'Home Wrecker'

    "And, well, first of all, infidelity doesn't happen in healthy marriages. The break in the marriage happens before the infidelity. And that break happened, you know, two and a half decades before I got there. So the home was wrecked already. I was not the Home Wrecker."

  • Naming Frances Quinn Hunter

    "Her name is Frances Quinn Hunter, and I love the name Frances. Johnny wasn't over the moon about Frances. So I was coming up with names, and Quinn is a name that I loved, and that was the only name that he thought was cool. And so I named her Quinn because Daddy really liked it."

  • Was Andrew Young In Love With Edwards?

    "Andrew [Young] was in love with Johnny...In love with him. Beyond. And I believe he loved Johnny more than he loved Cheri. So Johnny was the third person in their relationship. And I'm sure she hates Johnny, because Andrew took a lot of obvious actions that were for Johnny and not for Cheri. But Cheri went along with them. And they both have a way of spinning things. But a lot of their motivation is money."