Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Former congressman Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe

The Washington Post reports:
Former congressman Melvin Reynolds (D-Ill.) has been arrested by immigration officers in Zimbabwe, the Associated Press reports.

Reynolds served briefly in Congress in the mid-1990s before being convicted on charges that included sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography. He was also later convicted of financial and campaign fraud.

Former president Bill Clinton commuted Reynolds's sentence with two years remaining on it in 2001.

After his successor, Jesse Jackson Jr., left the seat while facing his own criminal charges, Reynolds ran for the seat again in a special election. He finished seventh in the Democratic primary, with less than 1 percent of the vote.
No word yet on whether MSNBC will tell you not to talk about this story. A great moment for Cook County Democrats!