John Edwards just came out of his trial and gave a tearful confession of his sins to the assembled media. It was pretty dramatic.
This afternoon he was declared not guilty of one criminal count, and the jury was hung on the five other criminal counts against him.
At his press conference, he made it clear where the fault lies.
“While I did nothing illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong,” he said, “If I want to find the person responsible for my sins it is me and me alone.”
He also referenced his children, including Cate Edwards, who had been at the trial every single day, “no matter how awful and painful the evidence was for her.”
He mentioned also Emma and Jack, his two other children with Elizabeth Edwards, his deceased wife. He also mentioned Quinn, the daughter he conceived with Rielle Hunter. “My precious Quinn,” he said, almost choking up, “who I love more than any of you could ever imagine, who I am so close to and so grateful for.”
This is the same child that he denied even knowing when the controversy first came to light.
Edwards promised some kind of second act in political life, mentioning that he wanted to help poor children, “in whatever way I’m still capable of helping them”
“I don’t think God is through with me,” he said.
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