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The arrest of John Edwards:

From a modest upbringing in South Carolina, he became the first person in his family to attend college and worked his way through law school. And John Edwards enjoyed some tremendous success in a short period of time.

Edwards gained national attention as a plaintiff's lawyer, first in medical malpractice and then in product liability cases.

It all led to a political career, in which he promoted programs to eliminate poverty and was elected to the U.S. Senate in South Carolina as a Democrat in 1998.

From there, his carefully maintained good looks…

John Edwards grooming himself

…including a $1250 haircut and his smooth personal style propelled him into national politics and he was the 2004 vice presidential nominee for the Democratic Party.

John Edwards running for Vice President

The ticket headed by John Kerry lost to incumbent President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

He married Elizabeth Anania and 1977 and they had four children.

John Edwards with his family

Their oldest son Wade died in a car accident in 1996.

In 2004, wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer, of which he died in December 2010.

Edward's problems began with an extramarital affair.

In October 2007, the National Enquirer began reporting that he had an extramarital affair with the former campaign worker Reill Hunter…

John Edwards and Reill Hunter

…and by July the next summer, several media outlets speculated that his political career would be compromised by those accusations, which included that he fathered a child with Hunter. The truth eventually spilled out. (Edwards and Hunter broke it off in 2012.)

John Edwards in tabloids for his affair

Edwards was eventually indicted for allegedly using more than $1 million in political donations to hide their affair. He was indicted by a grand jury in North Carolina on six felony charges, which could have meant thirty years in prison if convicted.

However, in May, 2012 Edwards was found not guilty of illegal use of campaign contributions, while mistrals were declared on all of the other counts. And the following month, the Justice Department announced it dropped all the charges and Edward would not be retried.

John Edwards on the cover of the New York Post

He still faced challenges though, in the court of public opinion.

Edwards returned to malpractice cases in 2014.

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