On this day, Aug. 22, in 1995, Rep. Mel Reynolds of Illinois was convicted in Chicago of having sex with a teenage campaign worker and then trying to thwart the investigation.
During the trial, the teen was jailed for 13 nights for refusing to testify. When she finally agreed to take the stand, she told the jury that she had a consensual affair with Reynolds beginning when she was 16. She asked the jury to find Reynolds not guilty.
Reynolds, a Democrat, was sentenced to five years in prison. However, in 1997, he was also convicted on 15 unrelated counts of bank fraud and lying to a Securities and Exchange Commission investigator, resulting in a six-year sentence.
-- Scott McCabe