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. Marley

    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.

    June 15, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Devin

    He should be slapped...look at his smile. A true POS!

    June 15, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. tierra

    There should be a law against what he did to his wife. i cant even put into words how much i hate this guy.

    June 15, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Jack Phillips

    Edwards is being attacked by the elitist globalist for telling to much.

    June 15, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Kirkincho

    I guess if Johnny had a soul this would matter.

    June 15, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. keith

    bonehead, you're not supposed to smile like it was your campaign picture

    June 15, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Mojo

    Looks like he is having fun.

    June 15, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Name. Franklin Jay

    Well at least he doesn't look like the Phil. Spector mug shot!

    June 15, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Robert Holt

    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?

    June 15, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. lose0801

    That's the biggest smile I've seen in a mugshot.

    June 15, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Flint Rock

    What a disappointment – apparently that choir boy smile was, and still is, a creepy fake.

    June 15, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Johns-a-dong

    Dude's smilin' like he's still running for something

    June 15, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. goodegyptian

    he's a smiling crook and criminal lol

    June 15, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Nija

    the power of the kitty brings great men down to their knees.

    June 15, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is this really needed? I would hope that just a mug shot can be saved for a history book.

    June 15, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. unsub

    wow! what a failure!

    June 15, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. rovibe

    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.

    June 15, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. twweaked

    He doesn't look embarrassed at all....Has he no shame?

    June 15, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. bkattic

    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'

    June 15, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. linda

    He has a lot of nerve smiling like that. What a jerk!

    June 15, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Zed

    It is just me, or does anyone else find it rather peculiar that he is smiling?

    June 15, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. jellylee2020

    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.

    June 15, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Norm

    What, no orange jumpsuit? What a rip! Just when I thought my tax dollars might actually go to something worthwhile.

    June 15, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. John

    Man, his hair looks great.

    June 15, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I think he should be treated like anyone else that robs cheats or steals

    June 15, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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