(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.
The first criminal to pay $1,400.00 on a mug shot hair cut!
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.
His hair looks terrible. How embarrassing for him.
typical for this creep. smile for the cameras!
Ugh! That's almost as bad as Tom DeLay's mugshot!
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?
My what pretty hair.
such a cute smile
They won't do anything to him. Celebrities are always above the law
Ok, that's gotta be the best mugshot ever, he'll be able to get 8x10s to use for his next election run
he's got that same creepy 70's game show host grin that he always has.
way to stay classy and take one of the nicer "mug shots" i have seen!
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?
Are any of you who voted for the Kerry/Edwards ticket now stopping to question your judgement?
(They smile in your face)
All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)
What is he smiling about?
You can tell that he isn't taking this seriously.....
Nice $400 haircut.
This isn't a mug shot . . . where are the prison numbers??
Happiest mug shot I've seen
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?
did he really smile for his mugshot?
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
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 😉