(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.
Looks like Edwards has not been able to afford to keep up with regular beauty maintenance routine!
Wow, how the once mighty have fallen.
But no worries, Obama will pardon him. Edwards endorsed the most likely Democratic nominee to win the WH at the time. He endorsed wisely and I'm sure it will pay off down the line.
He should be slapped...look at his smile. A true POS!
There should be a law against what he did to his wife. i cant even put into words how much i hate this guy.
Edwards is being attacked by the elitist globalist for telling to much.
I guess if Johnny had a soul this would matter.
bonehead, you're not supposed to smile like it was your campaign picture
Looks like he is having fun.
Well at least he doesn't look like the Phil. Spector mug shot!
Why did John Edwards have to pay his mistress hush money? They were lovers and in a sense were on the same side. Did she have to be paid to keep quiet? Couldn’t she have just kept quiet out of respect for John? Why did she turn against him? She got involved with him. Why would she go public about such a thing?
That's the biggest smile I've seen in a mugshot.
What a disappointment – apparently that choir boy smile was, and still is, a creepy fake.
Dude's smilin' like he's still running for something
he's a smiling crook and criminal lol
the power of the kitty brings great men down to their knees.
Is this really needed? I would hope that just a mug shot can be saved for a history book.
wow! what a failure!
Nice how they let Edwards take a mugshot that doesn't actually look anything like a mugshot. No prisoner ID card to hold up, plus he dressed up and smiling. If we didn't know this was his mugshot, we would have thought it was taken from his capitol hill ID card. Preferential treatment, all the way.
He doesn't look embarrassed at all....Has he no shame?
Whats he got to smile about...?? Must have been running for President of his cellblock...
anyone know how the election turned-out. They should have given him a crown instead
and the coranation could declare him as 'king of the sleezebags'
He has a lot of nerve smiling like that. What a jerk!
It is just me, or does anyone else find it rather peculiar that he is smiling?
Why is he laughing? Don't get me wrong, I'm independent but I vote Democrat 99.9% of the time. I'd vote for this crook over any Repukelican any time unless the Repukelican can find a candidate that supports gay right, that is pro-choice and has no religious affiliation (the chances of which is near zero). I still think this guy is not right in the head and should be kicked to the curb.
What, no orange jumpsuit? What a rip! Just when I thought my tax dollars might actually go to something worthwhile.
Man, his hair looks great.
I think he should be treated like anyone else that robs cheats or steals