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John Edwards wraps up 1st case since 2012 trial

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards' return to the courtroom as a lawyer ended with a settlement and a mistrial.

A jury in Pitt County deadlocked this week on whether to hold an emergency room doctor responsible for brain damage and other problems suffered when a 4-year-old Virginia boy was brought to what is now Vidant Medical Center in 2009.

Edwards says his client did reach a $13 million settlement with the hospital. He plans to ask for a retrial for the claims against the doctor.

"I was happy to be back in the courtroom. We fought like crazy for this kid. That's what this case was all about," Edwards told WNCT-TV outside the courthouse.

In 2012, Edwards avoided conviction in a trial on six felony charges in a case involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy political donors to help hide his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter as he sought the White House in 2008.

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