The final day of the John Edwards trial was a confusing one, but the aftermath was surprisingly crystal clear: Edwards made some pretty revealing statements following the news that he had been acquitted on one charge of campaign finance fraud; a mistrial was declared on five other counts. Highlights from his post-trial press conference, per Business Insider:
- Though he said he doesn't think he did anything illegal, "I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. If I want to find the person responsible for my sins it is me and me alone."
- He spoke of daughter Cate, saying, "I'm so proud to have had her with me throughout all this process ... no matter how awful and painful the evidence was for her."
- He also mentioned his other children—including Quinn, his daughter with Rielle Hunter. He spoke of "my precious Quinn who I love more than any of you could ever imagine, who I am so close to and so grateful for." He choked up when speaking of the 4-year-old, notes the AP.
- As for what's next for Edwards, "I don't think God is through with me," he said, specifically mentioning that he wanted to help poor children.