Former congressman Mel Reynolds has found a court-approved place to stay, keeping him free on bond as he awaits trial on tax charges.
But he still left federal court this afternoon with some strong words about the justice system.
Reynolds had been scrambling to find accommodations that wouldn’t violate his status as a convicted sex offender.
He recently returned from Africa to face misdemeanor charges of failing to file tax returns. He’s pleaded not guilty.
The government wanted the one-time political rising star to be subjected to home monitoring, a suggestion Reynolds’ lawyer called ‘nuts.’ After the hearing, Reynolds himself went a lot farther.
“They want to treat you like you’re a slave. In 2015, they want to treat a black man like he’s a slave. I guess I was too uppity to the pre-trial services person– she came in today upset about what I had said to her yesterday. So she went for home monitoring and a curfew for me on a misdemeanor tax charge.”
The judge says the ex-congressman can stay out on a $50,000 without electronic monitoring but needs to surrender his passport and check in with the court in 30 days.