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Feds: ‘Sexually explicit videos’ identified on Mel Reynolds’ laptop

Federal prosecutors insist they know almost nothing regarding the contents of the laptop carried by former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds when he was arrested in Atlanta last spring.

Except something: “They include specified sexually explicit video clips involving the defendant that may constitute contraband.”

The feds manufactured that claim in a court filing on Tuesday as Reynolds continues to seek sanctions towards them in his misdemeanor tax situation and tries to have the case thrown out.

Reynolds isn’t facing any criminal fees over the alleged sexually explicit videos.

In 2014, though, he faced costs in Zimbabwe of possessing pornography - only to possess the charges dismissed.


Two decades earlier, in between 1993 and 1995, Reynolds held the 2nd Congressional District seat. He was then convicted of obtaining intercourse with an underage campaign worker.

When in jail for that conviction, the feds hit him with campaign-finance charges for improperly utilizing his campaign fund. In 2001, then-President Bill Clinton commuted his sentence to time served.

In his most recent situation, Reynolds alleges that prosecutors improperly gained entry to information on his computer, which was full of documents linked to his pending trial. Reynolds was charged in 2015 with 4 counts of failing to file a federal cash flow tax return.

Ever considering the fact that, he has been associated with one skirmish together with the feds after yet another.

This dust-up dates back to April, when U.S. District Judge John Darrah issued a warrant for Reynolds’ arrest for the reason that Reynolds failed to comply with an order to return from South Africa, the place he had been tending to his ailing daughter. Reynolds was arrested on the Atlanta airport, and he immediately complained that authorities seized his phones, digital ID cards and computer system.

Reynolds claimed in May that Homeland Protection agents talked about “the personal content” of his laptop or computer with Assistant U.S. Lawyer Barry Jonas, among the prosecutors assigned to Reynolds’ tax case in Chicago. Jonas later explained that he inquired by a Chicago IRS agent irrespective of whether Homeland Security agents in Atlanta had observed contraband on Reynolds’ pc.

Jonas said in an August court filing that “the IRS case agent discovered that there were products that could constitute contraband, but that no charges will be sought.” Later, in his personal filing, Reynolds known as that comment “a gratuitous flagrant try to get the press speculating about ‘contraband’ from the content of defendant’s computer system. It is actually only meant to select the jury with the information media. It is also really unethical and bias.”

But Jonas also insisted that, “other than the possible contraband, at no level has any individual through the Chicago prosecution team ever realized with the contents from the defendant’s computer systems, phone or SIM cards.”

Darrah sided with prosecutors, denying Reynolds’ request for sanctions and writing in an buy that “without understanding of any of your contents, the government can not introduce evidence gained from privileged communications, use confidential details with regards to defense programs and method, and/or take other actions intended to give the prosecution an unfair advantage at trial.”

This month, Reynolds asked the judge to reconsider, arguing that the judge “takes prosecutors(‘) word at encounter worth that prosecutors did not gain access to or evaluation the material of defendant’s computer system. This acceptance with the prosecutor’s denial is troubling.”

Reynolds’ request prompted Tuesday’s disclosure by federal prosecutors in regards to the sexually explicit video clips, which the feds in Chicago deny they’ve viewed.

Reynolds tax trial in Chicago is set for March six.



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