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John Edwards found not guilty

The former Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards has been found not guilty of accepting illegal campaign contributions from a supporter in 2008. The judge has declared a mistrial in the other five charges.

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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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