(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Marshals Service has released mug shots taken of John Edwards after he was booked in North Carolina earlier this month on charges of conspiracy, illegal campaign contributions and providing false statements.
ABC News secured the release of the mug shots after filing a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
The 57-year-old former U.S. Democratic Senator and one-time vice presidential candidate was indicted earlier this month on six federal counts that he used political donations to hide an extramarital affair he was having with a woman filming his campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
According to the Justice Department, what Edwards did was illegal because he used the contributions to prevent a possible sex scandal from derailing his chances of winning the Democratic nod.
Edwards insists he did not break federal election campaign laws.
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