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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WWAY) — Former North Carolina senator and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards says he has done wrong but did not break the law. He is charged with soliciting and spending more than $925,000 to hide his mistress and their baby from the public at the height of his 2008 White House campaign.

Edwards made a 25-second statement to dozens of reporters outside a North Carolina federal courthouse after pleading not guilty to the charges Friday.

“There’s no question that I’ve done wrong, and I take full responsibility for having done wrong. And I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I’ve caused to others. But I did not break the law, and I never, ever thought I was breaking the law,” Edwards said with his eldest daughter Cate standing behind him.

He does not have to post bond, but he had to surrender his passport and is not allowed to leave the continental US.

Edwards Indictment Document 1
Edwards Indictment Document 2


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