Had Edwards been convicted, he would likely have lost his ability to practice law. But a North Carolina jury acquitted him of one of the six counts against him, and remained deadlocked on the remaining five. The Justice Department said it would not attempt to retry the former lawmaker.

At the time, Edwards apologized publicly for the affair.

"While I do not believe I did anything illegal or ever thought I was doing anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. And there is no one else responsible for my sins,” he said.

Since leaving political life, Edwards has worked with the Christian housing nonprofit Homes from the Heart, building homes in El Salvador. More recently, he has spent time at his home in Chapel Hill.