We’re not entirely sure why …. but John Edwards is all smiles in his newly released mug shot photo!

Edwards was recently indicted on 6 counts of conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws by using funds intended for his campaign to cover up an illicit affair — and an illegitimate “love child” — with another woman as his wife was dying from cancer.

The former U.S. Senator pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign law violations after being booked earlier this month, and now his mugshot has been released. If convicted, John Edwards could face up to 5 years in prison.

[CNN]