Edwards Chokes Up, Calls Quinn 'Precious'

Also thanks daughter Cate for attending trial daily
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2012 4:43 PM CDT
Edwards Chokes Up, Calls Quinn 'Precious'
John Edwards arrives at a federal courthouse during the eighth day of jury deliberations in his trial on charges of campaign corruption in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy...   (Chuck Burton)

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.
(More John Edwards stories.)

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