Indicted John Edwards smiles in police mug shot

WASHINGTON Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:20pm EDT

1 of 2. This undated U.S. federal government handout booking image, obtained by Reuters from the U.S. Marshals Service June 15, 2011, shows former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) after his arrest on federal charges.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former senator and vice presidential nominee John Edwards could face prison time if convicted of violating campaign finance laws, but he is smiling in a mug shot released on Wednesday by federal officials.

The pictures were obtained by Reuters through a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Edwards was indicted on federal charges in North Carolina on June 3 for using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign funds to help cover up an extramarital affair he had while seeking the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy, taking illegal campaign contributions and making false statements.

The indictment accuses Edwards of secretly getting the money to help hide his affair with a campaign worker, Rielle Hunter, knowing that revelations of the liaison and her pregnancy would destroy his political aspirations.

Prosecutors said the gifts were an attempt to circumvent election laws. Edwards' attorneys dispute that any laws were broken, saying the gifts were an attempt to keep the affair hidden from his now-deceased wife, Elizabeth.

"There's no question that I've done wrong and I take full responsibility for having done wrong, and I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I've caused to others," Edwards said after his initial court hearing.

"But I did not break the law and I never, ever thought that I was breaking the law."

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Greg McCune)

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Comments (8)
NobleKin wrote:
I guess he knew this photo was going to be published, so why look like a mug, in a mug shot?

Not a bad photo.

But if found guilty, he should pay the piper.

Jun 15, 2011 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Of course he’s smiling. He knows in the end that he won’t face anything more than a slap on the wrist. Politicians take care of their own.

Jun 15, 2011 4:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CDN_Rebel wrote:
I like his double speak in the last quote: ‘I did not break the law (and if you don’t buy that) and I never, ever thought I was breaking the law’… those are QUITE different statements Senator. What a schmuck!

Jun 15, 2011 4:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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