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Ryan J. Reilly
Ryan J. Reilly is a D.C.-based reporter who covers the Justice Department and the Supreme Court for The Huffington Post. He has covered federal law enforcement and legal news since 2009, previously reporting for Talking Points Memo and He can be reached at and is on Twitter @ryanjreilly.

Entries by Ryan J. Reilly

Prosecutors Finally Dropped Their Bogus Charges Against Me For Reporting In Ferguson. Not Everyone Is So Lucky.

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 2:14 PM

St. Louis County authorities finally agreed on Thursday to drop charges they filed against Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and me in connection with our unlawful arrests in Ferguson on Aug. 13, 2014. In exchange, we've agreed...

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FBI Director Continues Blaming 'Viral Videos' For Murder Spike In Some Cities

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 1:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey once again suggested this week that the "viral video effect" on police may be to blame for the rise in murders in some cities, tripling down on a theory that has put him in conflict with the Obama administration as well as...

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Former Officer Faces Federal Charges In Walter Scott Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 10:18 AM

WASHINGTON -- Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott in April 2015, has been indicted on three federal charges, according to court records unsealed on Wednesday.

Slager, 34, is already facing state charges, including murder. The federal indictment, first...

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Obama Administration Sues North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bill

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Monday filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina, alleging that a bill that blocks protections for transgender people violates federal law. The Justice Department said in a lawsuit that the so-called "bathroom bill" "stigmatizes and singles out transgender employees, results...

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Feds Tell North Carolina Governor That Anti-LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights Act

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 3:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- A North Carolina law that bans transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity violates federal civil rights laws by discriminating against students...

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Here Are All The Ways The FBI Director Tried Not To Make News On Hillary Clinton's Email Probe

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey really does not want to generate headlines about an investigation that might help determine who becomes the next leader of the free world.

He spent most of a Wednesday press conference figuring out ways not to say anything about the ongoing...

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Racist Trump Fan Arrested With Stockpile Of Pipe Bombs After Threatening Obama

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- A fanatical Donald Trump supporter, who was arrested by the FBI in Oregon this week after repeatedly threatening to kill President Barack Obama and federal agents, had multiple pipe bombs in his home, authorities alleged in court on Friday.

John Martin Roos, a 61-year-old from Oregon,...

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Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Just Bragged About Sending This Man To Prison. Now He's Free.

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 2:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland introduced himself to the country in a Rose Garden address in March, he told the story of one of his first assignments as a federal prosecutor. Garland described how, in the late 1980s, he helped prosecute a violent New...

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Marijuana Advocates Get A Meeting With The White House

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON --  A member of the Obama administration will meet with representatives of the marijuana advocacy community on Monday in what is being billed as a groundbreaking gathering.  

DCMJ, an organization created in 2013 that has advocated...

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Judge Signs Off On Deal To Make Ferguson Curb Police Abuses

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 4:03 PM

ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge on Tuesday approved a deal between the city of Ferguson and the Justice Department that aims to end the patterns of unconstitutional policing and municipal court practices that helped spark unrest in the St. Louis suburb following the police killing...

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Journalist Matthew Keys Sentenced To 2 Years In Anonymous Hack On LA Times

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 11:18 AM

WASHINGTON — Matthew Keys, a journalist who previously worked for Reuters, was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday following his conviction in a hacking case, according to reporter Sarah Jeong.

Keys will go into federal custody on June 15,...

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MacArthur Foundation Bails Out Jurisdictions That Jail Too Many

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 2:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The MacArthur Foundation named the jurisdictions this week to which it will distribute millions of dollars in an effort aimed at reducing jail populations.

The number of people held in American jails has tripled over the past few decades. Many people stay locked up ahead of...

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Bernie Sanders: 'We All Knew' What Hillary Clinton Meant By 'Super-Predators'

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 10:48 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized former President Bill Clinton for recently defending his wife Hillary Clinton's use of the term "super-predators" while discussing a controversial 1994 crime bill.

"I think we all knew back then what...

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John Kasich Wouldn't Have Signed North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 9:53 AM

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Sunday that he wouldn't have signed a North Carolina law that banned cities in the state from passing anti-discrimination measures and mandated that transgender people use the public bathrooms for...

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Dennis Hastert Argues Humiliation Over Sexual Abuse Allegations Is Punishment Enough

(4) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 5:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert asked a federal court on Wednesday to sentence him to probation, arguing the Illinois Republican has already been tormented by damage to his reputation after his indictment for giving hush money to a former student he allegedly sexually abused.


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Norman Brown Was Supposed To Die In Prison. Instead He's Pushing Obama To Help Those He Left Behind.

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 2:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Norman Brown is done with flip phones. Twenty-six years ago, when Brown and his associates were selling crack cocaine in the nation’s capital, a man who they thought worked for a cell phone company traded them cutting-edge devices in exchange for drugs.

“We were some of...

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The DOJ Is Investigating Arizona's Election Mess

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is investigating Arizona’s most populous county after its dramatic decrease in voting sites led to long lines during the state’s primary last month.

Elizabeth Bartholomew, communications manager for the the Recorder’s Office...

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21 People Found Out Today They Won't Die In Prison

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 11:16 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 people serving time for drug offenses Wednesday, including 21 federal inmates who found out today that they will not die behind bars.

The White House made the announcement shortly before Obama was scheduled to meet...

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DOJ's Newark Deal Intended To End Bogus 'Contempt Of Cop' Arrests

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 3:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Newark, New Jersey, residents who record police activity won't have to worry quite as much about being wrongfully arrested under a deal reached with the Justice Department designed to end widespread unconstitutional practices uncovered by a federal probe.

Under the agreement, the Newark Police Department...

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