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. bart

    Nice to know he is happy with himself!

    June 15, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. ivan

    That is NOT a mug shot, it's a "Smug" shot!

    June 15, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    he's smiling like the cat that just ate the canary.

    June 15, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Deb

    Nice that he looks so happy

    June 15, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Happy Morals

    At least he's happy!

    June 15, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Jill

    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.

    June 15, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I think he shoulld do jail time

    June 15, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA aka ConservaFascists

    John Edwards has a better chance of beating his case than Ensign has once he gets indicted.

    June 15, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Gibby

    I'm not this happy on Christmas morning. Really John?

    June 15, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. matthew

    He is smiling? Really?

    June 15, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. L

    Mug shot... Smug shot........

    June 15, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    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.

    June 15, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Don_J

    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.

    June 15, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. AG

    He's smiling in his mug shot. Weird.

    June 15, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. portalpunk

    Say CHEESE please!

    June 15, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Matt

    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....

    June 15, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. inkybme1

    What the hell is he smiling about? Say, "cheeeeese."

    June 15, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Johnny

    He thought it was a presidential pose..he still thought its 2008 lol

    June 15, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Kate

    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.

    June 15, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. guest

    he sure seems happy

    June 15, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Gretchen

    I have to laugh. Never have I seen a SMILING FACE on a MUG SHOT. Is he that arrogant ???? Unbelievable !

    June 15, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. diridi

    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....

    June 15, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. DCBuck

    A beautiful sight . . . but long overdue.

    June 15, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Romey

    So when they say "two younger children" do it include the one that he had with Rachel?

    June 15, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Mark Danford

    Did he get another $400 haircut beforehand?

    June 15, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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