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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Officials Considering Prosecution of Undercover Filmmakers - Not ACORN

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.

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
Talking about getting it wrong. Sometimes the world just seems upside down.


Anonymous,  September 14, 2009 at 1:09 PM  

The Baltimore City prosecutor is (literally) out of left field. Someone should investigate potential ties between the Baltimore City prosecution office and Acorn to see if any interest conflicts exist. The absolute gall of the Baltimore City prosecutor is just so over the top and offensive, there just has to be something amuck. Acorn is so entrenched that wouldn't surpise me one bit if interest conflicts were found this embedded in local jurisdictions.

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