(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.
We already gave the guy a black now we want blood????
Looks like a slimy rat.
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.
Only can a politician smile while being arrested...mocking our justice system.
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.
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"
I can't believe little sunshine boy is smiling! Ridiculous!
I know he is narcissistic, but this is ridiculous.
Don't the media just love a down fall of a man?
What the hell does he have to smile about?
Hey, John – this is a mug shot not your driver's license photo.
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.
Wow, this fool could have been president or vice president. What a downfall.
He's smiling in a mug shot? Not far from that totally whacko Arizona murderer
Shades of the Tom DeLay mug shot.
He's so pruddy! He'll have no problem finding a nice mate in jail.
The real criminal is Anthony Weiner.
......and his hair was PERFECT.
Welcome to the USA where sooner or later, everyone will be a criminal.
Only he would have the arrogance to smile during his mugshot.
he'll be very popular in prison
Is it wrong to hope he gets raped every day and dies in jail?
Only a politician would smile like this in a mug shot.