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Contempt Filings Dropped Against Reporters Covering Hastert

In court documents posted Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago accepted apologies from attorneys representing Brian Ross of ABC News and Gabe Gutierrez of NBC Nightly News

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    Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse following his arraignment on June 9, 2015 in Chicago. Hastert was in court to answer charges that he knowingly lied to the FBI and intentionally evaded federal reporting requirements involving bank transactions. Hastert is alleged to have withdrawn more than $1.5 million dollars in several installments from bank accounts to make payments to an 'Individual A' to cover-up sexual abuse that reportedly took place when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School. Since Hastert was charged, other reports of sexual abuse by Hastert have surfaced.

    Two national television reporters cited for violating media security rules at former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment last month won't face sanctions after their attorneys apologized to a judge.

    In court documents posted online Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago accepted apologies from attorneys representing Brian Ross of ABC News and Gabe Gutierrez of NBC Nightly News during a closed-door meeting last week. The judge dismissed contempt filings.

    Ross was cited after he allegedly tried to interview Hastert at a metal detector in the federal courthouse lobby and again near elevators. Gutierrez was cited after allegedly running through a closed security checkpoint to try to interview the former speaker.

    According to court documents, the attorneys were shown video clips of the reporters violating the rules.