Life hasn't been easy for John Edwards. Earlier this month the former U.S. presidential candidate plead not guilty to six counts of campaign law and conspiracy violations. And today his official mugshots -- in which he looks bizarrely exuberant -- were released to the public. CNN has more:
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.
Here are the disgraced former lawmaker's mugshots: