John Edwards Smiles in Mugshot
What does he have to smile about?
Former Presidential hopeful John Edwards was all smiles earlier this month when he posed for his mugshot. The 58-year-old former North Carolina senator pleaded not guilty to misusing nearly $1 million in campaign funds to cover up his love child with mistress Rielle Hunter. Hunter, a videographer, gave birth to Quinn in March 2008.
The one-time vice presidential nominee could face prison time if convicted of violating campaign finance laws, but that didn't keep the embattled politician from grinning in the newly-released mugshot.
"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."
Edwards' estranged wife Elizabeth lost her long battle to cancer in December.