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. zoundman

    John, John, John! This is not a photo for a campaign flyer. 86 the smile. Look outraged!

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

    Lock him up. Throw away the key.

    June 15, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. spj3685

    He really needs to start wearing the full windsor knot.

    June 15, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Futon Torpedo

    Who can hate this picture? LOL!!! What a mug!

    June 15, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. M@!

    I had haircut like that... back in 1990.

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

    Seriously?! Who smiles in their mug shot?!

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

    Looks more like a SMUG shot

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

    Yea he screwed the pooch, but you know what he's already paid a high price for what happened, so stick to it out John scew the government!

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

    A great big bowl of karma. Tastes a little bitter, doesn't it?

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

    The last time I saw a smiling mug shot, I got busted picking up a prostitute near Hollywood and Vine. Ah, to be young again.

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

    Who smiles like that in a mug shot? Have some shame man.

    June 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. HR

    It is a bit late to be worrying about his children – if he is so worried, he should have kept his pants zipped and taken care of his wife and children in the first place. He is just another prime example of a politician who thinks he is above both moral and civil law – if a few of these politicians served some jail time maybe the rest would curtail their lawless activities.

    June 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. K3Citizen

    He looks like Jack Tripper

    June 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. TVC

    Prison will wipe that smile off his face!

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

    I guess only a senator gets to smile in mug shots 🙂

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

    Doesn't wish to upset his children... Really? Cheating on their mother didnt upset them? This man as a public figure tried to play fast and lose with the law WHILE running for the highest office in the nation... Good Grief!!! He should be banned from ever running for a public office for the rest of his life. He should also have to give up any retirement package he has coming while serving in a public office... just my thoughts...

    June 15, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Ali

    American politics.... love it...

    June 15, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Lena

    Man, I can't believe he smiled in a mug shot.

    June 15, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. ILoveCNN

    Man he's got good hair. Silky like a pony's mane.

    June 15, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. tko

    You spent how much on that haircut? And seriously, who are you fooling with the dye job.

    June 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. kitkat

    wow-looks like he went and got a haircut et al for his "photo shoot".

    June 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. yankees

    why is he smiling?

    June 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Lejaune

    Nice shot! He still looks like he's running for some public office.

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

    From the 1999 NBC Television series Alice in Wonderland:
    Cheshire Cat: How're you enjoying the game?
    Alice: They don't play very fair.
    Cheshire Cat: No one does if they think they can get away with it. That's a lesson you'll have to learn.
    (Note the Cheshire Cat grin on John Edwards.)

    June 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. tammie

    I am so sick and tierd of hereing about these people what is suppose to be so special about them? they themselves are the one that think their special and the so called ones they have pulled the wool over their eyes.. they are all as crooked as my dogs hine legs.

    June 15, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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