DETROIT (AP) — A one-time attorney for assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian and his law partner were acquitted Monday of illegally funneling campaign money for the 2004 presidential race.

Jurors said they found Geoffrey Fieger not guilty of campaign finance violations because the government failed to prove the outspoken lawyer knew he was breaking the law.

"I feel very grateful for this jury having sat here for five weeks and listened to this case," said Fieger, 57.

Fieger and his law partner Ven Johnson, 46, were indicted on charges of illegally funneling $127,000 to former U.S. Sen. John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign by recruiting 64 people, known as straw donors, to make contributions in the then-maximum allowable amount of $2,000 per donor.