(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.
Nice to know he is happy with himself!
That is NOT a mug shot, it's a "Smug" shot!
he's smiling like the cat that just ate the canary.
Nice that he looks so happy
At least he's happy!
OMG, this country is crazy!...He's gonna get off. He has too much confidence. A cheating man won't every go to jail, otherwise most men in the country would be behind bars.
I think he shoulld do jail time
John Edwards has a better chance of beating his case than Ensign has once he gets indicted.
I'm not this happy on Christmas morning. Really John?
He is smiling? Really?
Mug shot... Smug shot........
He looks guilty, throw the book at him! We can't have people like that free on the same streets as we let our children play.
That would be my "mug shot" if I were as rich as he is... he's going to beat those charges and he knows it.
He's smiling in his mug shot. Weird.
Say CHEESE please!
aaaww, This is disappointing. I was hoping to see a more traditional jail photo with him holding up his county jail sign and the lines in the back for his height....
What the hell is he smiling about? Say, "cheeeeese."
He thought it was a presidential pose..he still thought its 2008 lol
Can someone please explain why John Edwards' is villified but Newt Gingrich can run for President? They both did the same exact thing: Cheat on their wife while she suffered from cancer. The only difference is that Edwards cheating resulted in a love child. I just don't get the hypocracy in this country.
he sure seems happy
I have to laugh. Never have I seen a SMILING FACE on a MUG SHOT. Is he that arrogant ???? Unbelievable !
Now you know, these Animals are worst than thugs, be they Republican, or Democratic......then why should Weiner resign????you got my logic?????Iraq war, Bush did not go through....what is the big deal of Libya....????because he is black president....first we need to jail all the congress thugs....that's it....we need national revolt....they are not working...they are bickering...idiots, bastards....o.k, Lord only bless this nation from inside elected cogress criminals....
A beautiful sight . . . but long overdue.
So when they say "two younger children" do it include the one that he had with Rachel?
Did he get another $400 haircut beforehand?