GREENSBORO, N.C. - Former US Senator John Edwards was acquitted on Thursday on one count of taking illegal campaign contributions and the judge declared a mistrial on five other counts because the jury was deadlocked.
The jury's decision came on the ninth day of deliberations, and marked yet another dramatic turn of events for the one-time politician, who rose to become the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in 2004 only to see his career ruined by scandal four years later.
As the jury's verdict was read, Edwards, who did not testify in the nearly six-week-long trial, slumped back in his seat in relief.
Later, standing in front of the federal courthouse in Greensboro in North Carolina, the state he represented in the US Senate from 1999 to 2005, Edwards said he never broke the law.
"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 and there is no one else responsible for my sins," he said.
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