Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Body cam catches elite federal prosecutor offering his Justice Department card in DUI crash arrest


AP obtained exclusive body-cam video showing one of the nation’s most prolific federal drug prosecutors offering police his Justice Department business card in an apparent attempt to blunt the fallout from a Fourth of July crash in which he is accused of drunkenly striking another vehicle and leaving. AP’s reporting also revealed that despite being charged, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Ruddy continued to appear in court for two more months, notching more wins for the federal drug smuggling task force he helped create. The story led the U.S. Justice Dept to pull Ruddy off three pending criminal cases and remove him from his supervisory role at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa.

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