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June 15, 2011

What’s To See in the John Edwards Mug Shot

AP/U.S. Marshals Servi

It’s not the shame-avoidant salesman’s smile that’s significant; we’ve seen that a million times. It’s the tensed jaw and cheekbone in the profile pic that contradicts the front view and gives away the anger and humiliation. It’s not as extreme as what we saw from Wiener last week, but related.

(linked photo: Richard Drew, AP)

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