Washington, June 1: Former Democratic US presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted of doing “awful lot that was wrong” after walking free from his corruption trial.
Edwards declared ‘I don’t think God’s through with me’ after he was cleared of one charge of using thousands of dollars in donations to hide a pregnant mistress during his failed 2008 presidential bid.
Judge Catherine Eagles called mistrial on five further corruption charges, after a jury could not agree to unanimous verdicts.
Edwards said: “While I do not believe that I ever did anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong and there’s no else responsible for my sins.
“I am responsible, and if I want to find the person who should be held accountable for my sins, honestly I don’t have to go any further than the mirror. It is me and me alone,” The Telegraph quoted Edwards as saying.
Edwards pledged to dedicate his life “to being the best dad that I can be” to his four children, and to working to help disadvantaged children in the poorest parts of America.
The verdict ended nine days of deliberations that followed a confusing month-long trial. Edwards had been facing up to 30 years in prison and a fine of 1.5 million dollars.dwards faced a separate charge of misusing another donation from Mellon in 2007, a 101-year-old banking heiress, in addition to two counts of misusing money from Fred Baron, a wealthy Texas lawyer, who died in 2008.
He was also accused of illegally filing campaign finance reports that distorted the funding arrangements. (ANI)