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After five months in jail, Eddie Quinones is free

Vargas acknowledged that segregating interviews by race "doesn't sound good" and said reporters should have been allowed access to Quiñones regardless of that policy.

For his part, Saadeh expressed "serious concern" and "disappointment" over what he termed "one-sided reporting" in the Weekly. But he apologized specifically for an incident two weeks ago, on my last visit. Then, jail officials attempted to prevent me from bringing a reporter's notebook upstairs to the visiting room—a restriction that has no basis in jail policy. "That was ridiculous," Saadeh concluded. "I think we screwed up how we handled your visit, but that was an aberration."

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