Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's From The Associated Press, So Let's Play Name That Party

The Detroit News: Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe

He's been arrested for pornography and immigration offenses, no less.

Reynolds, 62, was arrested Monday by police detectives and immigration officials at a Harare hotel, according to the state-controlled newspaper, The Herald.

He brought several Zimbabwean models and other women to his hotel room where he took photographs and videos, the newspaper reported.

As Reynolds was being escorted to a government vehicle he demanded that officials give him his mobile phone and laptop computer, according to The Herald, whose reporter arrived at the hotel as the arrest was taking place.

Reynolds complained that he was not expecting such treatment when he had brought investors to the country, according to the newspaper. He said he had been to Zimbabwe 17 times and had called for U.S. sanctions to be dropped against President Robert Mugabe and his top associates.

The difference between of course is that former rep Reynolds and Mugabe and associates is that Reynolds is only doing a few Zimbabweans at a time, while Mugabe & Co are doing the entire country.

Of course, this being the Associated Press, it's not until the sixth paragraph that we get a scant mention of his party affiliation and of his prior serious legal troubles:

This is the latest of several legal problems for Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, who once was a Rhodes scholar. Reynolds resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. While in prison he was also convicted of bank and campaign fraud. He was in jail until his sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in Jan. 2001.

How nice of Bill Clinton to have given a 12-time statutory rapist and child pornography solicitor, and fellow Democrat of course, a pass. Most people would let scum like that rot in jail.

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