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. Amavet2

    The first criminal to pay $1,400.00 on a mug shot hair cut!

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

    I thought mug shots usually show the accused with a number plate? hmmm. I find it awkward that is smiling as if he's taking his driver's license photo.

    June 15, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Marc

    His hair looks terrible. How embarrassing for him.

    June 15, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. markus

    typical for this creep. smile for the cameras!

    June 15, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Anthony

    Ugh! That's almost as bad as Tom DeLay's mugshot!

    June 15, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Martin

    Am I the only one who finds it hilarious that his mug shot smile could be the same pic he used to run for president?

    June 15, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. NW1000

    My what pretty hair.

    June 15, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. d

    such a cute smile

    June 15, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. terry phelps

    They won't do anything to him. Celebrities are always above the law

    June 15, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Todd

    Ok, that's gotta be the best mugshot ever, he'll be able to get 8x10s to use for his next election run

    June 15, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. markus

    he's got that same creepy 70's game show host grin that he always has.

    June 15, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Hose B

    way to stay classy and take one of the nicer "mug shots" i have seen!

    kudos

    June 15, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. IRS ?

    Would the money that is in question in the Edward's case be recorded differently on the IRS returns of the individuals responsible for the donations and John Edward's return if it was a gift as opposed to a campaign contribution?

    June 15, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Pete

    Are any of you who voted for the Kerry/Edwards ticket now stopping to question your judgement?

    June 15, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Storybec

    (They smile in your face)
    All the time they want to take your place
    The back stabbers (back stabbers)

    June 15, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. MockinBird

    What is he smiling about?

    June 15, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. HAL

    You can tell that he isn't taking this seriously.....

    June 15, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Gary

    Nice hair.

    June 15, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. jeff

    Nice $400 haircut.

    June 15, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Hmmmm

    This isn't a mug shot . . . where are the prison numbers??

    June 15, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. eric

    Happiest mug shot I've seen

    June 15, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Sharon

    Edwards is a creep, but I do not believe that he violated campaign finance laws.
    The fellow from Texas certainly knew that his gifts to Edwards were being used to cover the affair, and Bunny Mellon understood that the money was for Edwards' personal use. Are they saying that no one can give a personal gift to a political candidate?

    June 15, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    did he really smile for his mugshot?

    June 15, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Angie

    He has been a discrace 2 the nation worst than that he destroyed his family.to have an affair.there is no such thing as family values what a disgrace

    June 15, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. ErmChairQB

    The things media will do FOIA requests for...

    This isn't news, now if he had a Mel Gibson or Nick Nolte-esque mugshot maybe the people would be interested. The dude could use a little teeth whitener though 😉

    June 15, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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