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John Edwards Chipper In Newly Released Mugshot

John Edwards Mugshot
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For a man who had just been arrested, former US Sen. John Edwards sure looks chipper in his mugshot, which was released on Wednesday.

The one-time vice presidential hopeful was arrested in June on conspiracy and campaign law violation charges, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The charges stem from allegations Edwards used campaign donations to support his baby mama, Rielle Hunter.

You wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at Edwards’ ear-to-ear grin that he faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted.

“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 and Hunter’s affair occurred while Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, was battling cancer, a fight she lost in December.

Edwards recently turned down a plea deal that would have required him to spend time in prison. The two-time presidential candidate declined the deal, claiming it was not in the best interest of his children.

[Reuters]

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