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


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soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Wow, those are some charges. What's the penalty, life? At least some dangerous criminal will be off the streets. We can sleep easy now.

    June 15, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. JRB

    What an idiot! He tossed away everything and now maybe his liberty for a fling with a run of the mill middle aged groupie with an oddly shaped head! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING YOU FOOL!??

    June 15, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Boshad

    He's facing jail time, now he's worried about how this affects his children. Right!

    June 15, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. ERic arledge

    Edwards messed up and he should pay for his mistake. If he did use funds he should pay it back with intrest. I supported him all those years back and I want to know where my money went. He will pay ultimately for his sins in the end, during judgement day.

    June 15, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. ex-sarge

    Where is Senator Vitter's mug shot??? Soliciting a prostitute is illegal in the state of Louisiana and the District of Columbia, so why has he not been charged? yes, I know he has been re-elected, that is between him and the people of his state. But the law is the law, and don't you think it was bad form for Senator Vitter to be calling the "DC Madam" while he was on the Senate floor? Don't forget the whole diaper fetish, please. Yes, Edwards is probably guilty and we are certain that he is a creep, but the law is the law for all of us, not just some of us...

    June 15, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. d-rew

    really.. with the smile john?!

    June 15, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. DaveNYUSA

    Let's see how long that smile lasts in the Big House, John Boy!

    June 15, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Tammy

    John is just plain stupid! He knew what he was doing was illegal. What a political moron!

    June 15, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I can't believe he's smiling in the picture after doing wrong things especially to his Late ex-wife Mrs. Edwards. He's a cruel man. He's the lowest of the low.

    June 15, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Regina

    Smiling in his mugshot. This man's a fool!

    June 15, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Jude

    our jails are full of young men guilty of lesser crimes. selling pot etc. in jail for being supid, misled and maybe desperate to have money or status. no deals allowed. nameless and in jail for a long long time. and this idiot get to talk deals. why? look at him.

    June 15, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. CHHoosier

    Who cares. Would rather of seen Bin Ladens mug shot.

    June 15, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Bobby G.

    THIS is a mug shot? Looks like a Drivers License photo. Where's the black plate with the white lettered perp info?!?!?

    June 15, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. noslack2327

    Johnny -which is his real name, by the way, is smiling. How arrogant. And, to think that this garbage bag was close to being a heartbeat away from the Presidency of the United States.

    June 15, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. A

    He looks sooo happy like he has no idea what's going on.

    June 15, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. DoubleTap

    What a beautiful smile, too bad the boys in the pooky won't get a chance to taste them

    June 15, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Steve Stoliar

    It's okay, but he's no Nick Nolte.

    June 15, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Celeste

    He looks way too happy for someone facing the charges that he is facing.

    June 15, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Heavyarms

    What is he smiling about?

    June 15, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. chris

    Who smiles for a mugshot? Typical liberal crook.

    June 15, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. NameCorey

    It seems that the gifts given were given to his mistress not him but her and not for his campaign. Not cool. I hope justice prevails.

    June 15, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Jay

    I support you, John Edwards! You are still an honorable man. Hold your head up high. We all are human. You have nothing to be ashamed of.

    June 15, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. McMansour

    Best quote so far from Michelle Malkin's Twitter: "I swear, he still looks like he's trying to sell me swamp land even in a mug shot."

    June 15, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Tina

    What makes Edwards think he can be believed after repeatedly lying. He makes me sick-knowing his wife was terminal he put his selfish desires above his children, his wife and his supporters. I have no sympathy for him. I hope when they find him guilty they give him the maximum!

    June 15, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, TX

    I voted for Kerry/Edwards ticket in 04 it was a mistake...now i finally see the truth and i'm voting for an anti-war, pro freedom republican and if i cant find one than im voting libertarian

    June 15, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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