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. frank carter

    We already gave the guy a black now we want blood????

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

    Looks like a slimy rat.

    June 15, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Doug

    Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy used to be the faces of the Democrat party. Today its Anthony Weiner and John Edwards. Pefect representatives as both posess the exact same values as all Democrats have.

    June 15, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. j0kEr

    Only can a politician smile while being arrested...mocking our justice system.

    June 15, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Witch Hunt

    It seems that friends of his deceased wife are out for revenge. Whether she'd want that or not. Which she wouldn't. This is all totally insane and out of order. Leave the guy alone. They're all a bunch of crooks anyway, it's whoever gets caught who's made a fool of. But they're all fools for prosecuting things like this, wasting our money as usual.

    June 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Booner

    Nice haircut.

    June 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. svann

    This is almost exactly the same as what Schwarzenegger did, so why is one prosecuted and the other not? They both had an affair that resulted in a child. They both paid off the mistress to keep her quiet during their election. The only difference is that Arnold used money from his own exquisite bank account and Edwards got help from a rich friend.

    "Well, hello! I mean, of course you help a friend"
    Schwarzenegger

    June 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. nola1986

    I can't believe little sunshine boy is smiling! Ridiculous!

    June 15, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Boston

    I know he is narcissistic, but this is ridiculous.

    June 15, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Joe

    Don't the media just love a down fall of a man?

    June 15, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Cajun Gaijin

    What the hell does he have to smile about?

    June 15, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. First Impressions

    Hey, John – this is a mug shot not your driver's license photo.

    June 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Republican Robber Baron

    Tom DeLay should team-up with him in their federal country club minimum security detention ctr – equipped with satellite tv, all you can eat free food and weight rooms. Not a bad place to be for "punishment". If the average Joe got caught for similar crimes we wouldn't be so lucky.

    June 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Saor Eireann

    Wow, this fool could have been president or vice president. What a downfall.

    June 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Tam

    He's smiling in a mug shot? Not far from that totally whacko Arizona murderer

    June 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Esteban

    Shades of the Tom DeLay mug shot.

    June 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Shane

    He's so pruddy! He'll have no problem finding a nice mate in jail.

    June 15, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Sam Spade

    The real criminal is Anthony Weiner.

    June 15, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Ben Hur

    ......and his hair was PERFECT.

    June 15, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. GT66

    Welcome to the USA where sooner or later, everyone will be a criminal.

    June 15, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Christy

    Only he would have the arrogance to smile during his mugshot.

    June 15, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Matt

    Nice smile...haha.

    June 15, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. california dreamin'

    he'll be very popular in prison

    June 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. person

    Is it wrong to hope he gets raped every day and dies in jail?

    June 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Honestly!

    Only a politician would smile like this in a mug shot.

    June 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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