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Ryan Rainey, a former prosecutor who spent seven years handling child abuse cases as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District and three years in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, got a taste of what it feels like to be on the other end of the criminal justice system. On June 14, Rainey pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to violating federal criminal conflict-of-interest law. According to court filings, Rainey was leading a Civil Rights Division probe of a Stockton, Calif., juvenile prison in 2004 when he began negotiating for a job overseeing reform of California’s juvenile lockups — including the one he was investigating. Rainey’s liaison for the California job: the same official in the state attorney general’s office who was Rainey’s point of contact in the DOJ investigation of the Stockton facility. For the misdemeanor, Rainey faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Sept. 15. In a statement, Rainey said, “I wish I did a few things differently.”
Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

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