It may be a while before John Edwards has something to smile about, but that didn't stop him from offering a big grin to a police cameraman, as a newly released mugshot shows.
The former Democratic presidential candidate and one-time senator from North Carolina offered his pearly whites in his booking photos after his arrest on charges related to allegedly soliciting nearly $1 million in campaign funds to help cover up his relationship with former campaign worker Rielle Hunter. The affair resulted in a daughter for the two.
The photos were released Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Edwards has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements.
Perhaps the smile was the shadow of a memory. The same day the photos were released, Edwards' lawyers prepared arguments to delay the 2004 vice presidential candidate's testimony in a lawsuit brought by Hunter about a sex tape the two purportedly made.
Hunter contends that former Edwards campaign aide Andrew Young, who at one time pretended to be the father of Hunter's baby, improperly took from her sensitive materials, including the tape. She wants the items returned to her.
The lawyers says the case should wait for the outcome of the federal indictment. Edwards' motion is scheduled to be heard Thursday morning.