Ex-presidential candidate John Edwards thanked jurors and his family after a mistrial was declared in his campaign corruption trial and says he is responsible for his sins.
Edwards speaking on the courthouse steps on Thursday also choked up when speaking of his 4-year-old daughter whom he conceived with his mistress while running for president.
Edward also said he believes he did nothing illegal, but that he did an "awful, awful lot" that was wrong and that no one else was responsible for his sins but him.
Edwards was acquitted on one charge of campaign finance fraud and a mistrial was declared on five other counts.
The monthlong trial exposed a sordid sex scandal that dashed Edwards' White House aspirations in 2008.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards was found not guilty on one of six campaign fraud charges Thursday, and the jury could not reach a verdict on the other counts, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on them.
Edwards was accused of masterminding a plan to use money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress during his run for the White House in 2008.
Prosecutors and attorneys for John Edwards are back in the courtroom about an hour after the judge told jurors to keep deliberating in the former presidential candidate's campaign fraud trial.
It was not immediately clear why both sides had gathered again Thursday.
The ninth day of deliberations took a confusing turn after the judge mistakenly believed the jurors had reached a verdict on all six counts.
The jury instead told the judge it had a unanimous decision on only one charge involving money from wealthy heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon.
Ewards is accused of masterminding a plan to use money from Mellon and another wealthy donor to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for president in 2008.
Judge: Jury has reached verdict on 1 of 6 counts John Edwards trial; judge sends jury back.
The jury in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial has begun a ninth day of talks in North Carolina.
As the jury ended its eighth day of talks without a verdict Wednesday, the judge released four alternate jurors who garnered attention for their matching shirts. They have not participated in the deliberations, which resumed Thursday.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles did not give any indication of whether she believed the 12 jurors are any closer to deciding the fate of the two-time Democratic presidential candidate.
Edwards faces six felony charges in a case involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy political donors to help hide the Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.