GREENSBORO, N.C. — The jury in the trial of John Edwards deadlocked on five counts, leading the judge to declare a mistrial. They reached a not guilty verdict on one of the six counts of charges stemming from campaign finance violations.
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.
Edwards faces the possibility of another trial. However, Thursday afternoon he said he was looking forward, even alluding to the poverty discussion he spoke of during his 2008 campaign.
“I don’t think god’s through with me. I really believe he thinks there is still some good things I can do, and whatever happens with this legal stuff going forward, what I’m hopeful about is all those kids that I’ve seen, you know, in the poorest parts of this country and in some of the poorest places in the world that I can help them in whatever way I’m still capable of helping them,” Edwards said.