It appears that Baltimore officials are actually considering prosecuting the two young undercover filmmakers who posed as a "pimp" and a "prostitute" to reveal what goes on in ACORN offices. This is in response to calls that officials consider prosecution of ACORN for what the video revealed:
Maryland Delegate Anthony J. O'Donnell, the House Minority Leader, on Friday called for an investigation into ACORN by the state's attorney general, Baltimore's state's attorney, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland.Talking about getting it wrong. Sometimes the world just seems upside down.
The Baltimore city state's attorney is considering prosecuting those responsible for taping the ACORN employees on charges that they violated Maryland's wiretap laws.
"In Maryland, it is a five-year felony for surreptitious taping of others' conversations without the two-party consent," said defense attorney Byron Warnken.
In a statement, ACORN's President of Housing Alton Bennett and Executive Director Mike Shea, said they were "appalled and angry" to see the latest video out of D.C. They said there were no loan documents completed, no bank loans arranged and no new business established.
They said the two workers were fired and an internal review of practices will be done.
ACORN officials are asking Fox News to disclose its relationship with O'Keefe. An attorney for the group sent a letter to Fox News on Friday, saying the filming and broadcast of the conversations violate secret recording laws. The letter demands that the network stop broadcasting the videos on air and the Internet in advance of litigation.
On its Web site, Fox News reported that the first videotape was made public Thursday on a political blog, BigGovernment.com. . . . MORE