John Edwards verdict: Not guilty on 1 count in Rielle Hunter case, mistrial declared
"If I want to find the person responsible for my sins, I don't need to go any further than look in the mirror," said Edwards in a courthouse steps statement expressing his remorse for his misdeeds.
The jury deliberated for nine days before returning the verdict on one count. The judge asked jurors to return to the jury room and attempt to reach a verdict on five more counts rather than declare a mistrial. But in under two hours, the jury returned, deadlocked on the charges, and a mistrial was declared.
Edwards was accused of using campaign funds to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy with his child. The prosecution said Edwards tried to extract more than $900,000 from two wealthy donors to keep voters from learning he was cheating on his wife Elizabeth, who was battling cancer at the time. She died in 2010.
In his post-verdict statement, Edwards also thanked his family for standing by him throughout the trial -- and he took particular care to express his love for Quinn, his baby with Hunter.
"Quinn, who I love more than any of you can ever imagine, who I am so close to and so grateful for. I'm grateful for all my children, including my son Wade who we lost years ago."
He continued: "I don't think God's through with me. I really believe God still thinks there's some good stuff I can do."
Edwards could have faced up to 30 years in prison and fines that could reach up to $1.5 million if he had been found guilty.