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Former Senator John Edwards welcomes verdict

Former Senator John Edwards appeared outside court in North Carolina to thank his supporters and his family for standing by him during his criminal trial for campaign fraud. He used the opportunity to apologise to his family, and said:

"I want to make sure that everyone hears from me that 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. There is no one else responsible for my sins."

Edwards: I didn't do anything illegal, but I did an awful lot wrong

Former Senator John Edwards appeared outside court in North Carolina to thank his supporters and his family for standing by him during his criminal trial for campaign fraud.

He started by thanking the jurors for their diligence and welcomed their "fair and just" result.

Thank goodness we live in a country that has the kind of system that we have and I think that those jurors were an exemplar for what juries are supposed to do in this country. [...]

I want to make sure that everyone hears from me that 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. There is no one else responsible for my sins.

He said he did not think God was through with him, and that he still had a lot of work to do in his life.

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Lawyer: Edwards committed 'many sins but no crimes'

Lawyers for former Senator John Edwards said his client committed "many sins but no crimes" and said the charges against him should never have been brought to trial.

Edwards was found not guilty of one count of campaign fraud, and the jury were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining five counts, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.

US jury reaches verdict in John Edwards trial

John Edwards is accused of using campaign funds to hid his pregnant mistress during his 2008 Democratic campaign. Credit: Reuters

A jury in North Carolina has reached a verdict in the criminal trial of former Senator John Edwards.

Edwards is accused of using campaign funds to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.