The Latest: Reynolds lawyer: Feds seize smartphone, computer

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Posted: Apr 11, 2016 6:06 PM
The Latest: Reynolds lawyer: Feds seize smartphone, computer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds. (all times local):

5 p.m.

An attorney for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds says Homeland Security agents have seized his smartphone and computer.

Attorney Richard Kling says the two devices contain text messages and documents essential to Reynolds defense in a tax case.

Reynolds was taken into custody in Atlanta Monday after a judge in Chicago ordered his arrest when he didn't appear for a hearing. He later was released on his own recognizance.

Kling says he doesn't believe the agents had warrants for the devices.

Kling says he's trying to figure out how to obtain the devices from Homeland Security before a scheduled May 2 hearing in Chicago.

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3:45 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds has been released on his own recognizance after his arrest in Atlanta.

Reynolds was taken into custody Monday after a judge in Chicago ordered his arrest when he didn't appear for a hearing in a tax case.

Reynolds has pleaded not guilty on a misdemeanor charge of failing to file income tax returns from 2009 to 2012. He was arrested at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after arriving on a flight from South Africa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick said in an email that Reynolds appeared in court and has been released.

Fitzpatrick says Reynolds' case is expected to go to trial May 2 in Chicago and prosecutors expect him to be there for it.

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11:45 a.m.

Authorities say former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds is in federal custody in Atlanta after a judge in Chicago ordered his arrest when he didn't appear for a hearing in a tax case.

U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Belkis Cantor Sandoval said Reynolds was arrested Monday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after arriving on a flight from Johannesburg.

U.S. District Judge John Darrah ordered an arrest warrant March 31 when Reynolds told the judge he wouldn't appear in court as ordered because his 23-year-old daughter in South Africa has scoliosis and may also have cervical cancer.

Reynolds' attorney, Richard Kling, said Reynolds would appear Monday afternoon before a federal magistrate.

Reynolds has pleaded not guilty on a misdemeanor charge of failing to file income tax returns from 2009 to 2012.