John Edwards' mug shot released
June 15th, 2011
01:16 PM ET
10 years ago

John Edwards' mug shot released

(CNN)–Former U.S. Senator John Edwards, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign law violations in early June. His mug shot was obtained by CNN following a Freedom of Information Act request.

The plea came after a federal grand jury indicted him on six counts, including conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws.

A grand jury has been investigating whether money given to support Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, by benefactors of Edwards should have been considered campaign donations, a contention Edwards' team has disputed.

A plea deal between the two-time presidential candidate and the U.S. Justice Department fell apart over the the Department's requirement that Edwards serve jail time. Wanting to have "minimal" impact on his two younger children, the former senator refused to agree.

CNN's Ross Levitt and Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.


Filed under: John Edwards • Rielle Hunter
soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Curt

    lol. This is really humorous! He looks like he's posing for a government committee ID badge.

    June 15, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. gt

    i cant believe his smile.... caption should read'."..i am stupid"....what a pathedic jerk...

    June 15, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Edward

    If yer smilin' in yer mug shot, yer probably guilty.

    June 15, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Rickster

    lol....another democrat icon to go along with Tony Weiner. Nice party you've got there, dems.

    June 15, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. AL

    Now he's worried about his kids? Yeah. I'll believe that!

    June 15, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. mike

    Wow, I would not be smiling if I were him.

    June 15, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Bill

    Who the heck smiles like that in their mugshot. What an arrogant jerk. I'm sorry I ever supported this scumbag.

    June 15, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    My mind is not made up about this one. If anyone breaks a law, then they should be brought to justice. And that's the core of this case. Was a law broken? I have no intention of busting my brain over this one. His career is all but dead, and more people are looking for jobs than the amount of dollars at issue in this case?

    June 15, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Bill in VA

    Obviously a different photographer than Nick Nolte had.

    June 15, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Justlew

    Bush didn't let his criminal buddies go to jail..so just in case he is convicted Obama should pardon him!

    June 15, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Peter T

    See, the vice president of the USA (nearly).
    By the way, is it allowed to smile in a mug shot?

    June 15, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Jackson Gordon

    He has still got his million dollar smile 🙂

    June 15, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. grace

    look at him smiling like a damn fool.

    June 15, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. dave richman

    Why is this clown smiling? Pretend to the end -- what a guy.

    June 15, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Thank God I am a Democrat

    That is the nicest mug shot I have ever seen!

    June 15, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. blah

    nice hair style

    June 15, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. KG

    That's some haircut!

    June 15, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. msmetz

    I hope Tom Cruise is practicing his Edwards' voice and demeanor for the inevitable movie!

    June 15, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Tru

    Prettiest. Mugshot. Ever.

    June 15, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Jack Tors

    I wonder if this is the same smile he had on when he was cheating on his wife, or the same smile he had on when she died. Scumbag lawyers. Absolute scum.

    June 15, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. NegroAtLarge

    He looks good.

    June 15, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. A.Scott

    Not as good as DeLay's, but not bad.

    June 15, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Zenichi-Maro

    i wonder if they gave him time to do his hair....

    June 15, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. mar

    All this because a woman told her that he was hot!!!!! How he threw his life and his political career out the window....

    June 15, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Edwin

    Silky Pony has no shame.

    June 15, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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