In what was a stunning term of events, John Edwards was found not guilty today on only one of the five counts against him and the judge declared a mistrial.
It took nine days of deliberation for the jury, who told the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked on the remaining charges.
Speaking outside the courthouse, Edwards said: “I do not believe I did anything illegal. I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. There is no one else responsible for my sins. … I don’t have to go any further than the mirror. It’s me and me alone.”
He also thanked a federal jury today for a “fair and just result,” after he was found not guilty on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions
Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate, accused of soliciting nearly $1 million from wealthy backers to finance a cover up of his illicit affair and illegitimate child during his 2008 bid for the White House, was found not guilty on Count 3 of the six-part indictment.
That count pertained only to whether Edwards illegally received several hundred thousand dollars in donations from wealthy heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon to cover up the affair in 2008.
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