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The prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards is officially a waste of time and federal resources. The jury in his campaign finance fraud trial found him not guilty on one count and couldn’t reach a decision on the other five.

There was a bit of confusion earlier in the courtroom, when the judge thought the jury had reached a verdict on all six charges, and there was a bit of confusion on the Internet, which pushed word that Edwards had been found guilty. But neither was true!

After the mistrial was declared, Edwards — who had been accused of violating the law and using campaign funds in service of supporting the lifestyle of Rhielle Hunter, his mistress — appeared outside the courthouse with his daughter and parents:

Speaking afterward outside the courtroom, Edwards said after a mistrial was declared in his case that while he does not believe he did anything illegal, “I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. There is no one else responsible for my sins.”

Edwards expressed gratitude to his family — “including my precious Quinn,” the daughter he had with the mistress at the center of the charges — and thanked the jurors for their hard work. “Thank goodness that we live in a country that has the kind of system that we have,” he said.

The verdict followed nine days of deliberation.

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Sean Parnell, the Trump-anointed candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, dropped out of the race a week ago after a custody hearing that featured lurid details of his relationship with his ex-wife. Laurie Snell alleged that Parnell had struck her, choked her, left her by the side of the road and hit one of their sons hard enough to leave a welt on the boy's back. Parnell countered that she had invented all of it.

Custody battles are infamous for exaggerated accusations and heated denials, and it's difficult for outsiders to know whom to believe and how much. But Parnell's comments off the witness stand didn't burnish his credibility. Appearing on Fox Nation, for example, Parnell opined, "I feel like the whole 'happy wife, happy life' nonsense has done nothing but raise one generation of woman tyrants after the next." He wasn't finished. "Now there's an entire generation of men that don't want to put up with the BS of a high-maintenance, narcissistic woman." Well. Someone seems to be dealing with anger issues. The would-be — er, rather, won't-be — senator concluded with a short sermon on biology: "From an evolutionary standpoint, it used to be, you know, women were attracted to your strength because you could defend them from dinosaurs." Where does the GOP find these geniuses?

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