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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ACORN sues activist journalists

We shall see if they actually go all the way to court, but for now, ACORN is suing Giles, O’Keefe and Breitbart.

Community activist group ACORN is suing the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed employees of its Baltimore office giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute.

The liberal group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland requires two-party consent to create sound recordings. […]

So the game is on. How much discovery will be allowed by the judge? Was there really any expectation of privacy? Two parties involved obviously offered their consent, that being Giles and O’Keefe. Is that enough to satisfy the law? According to one online resource, with Maryland law:

To recover civil damages, however, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant knew it was illegal to tape the communication without consent from all participants. MD. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 10-410. (source)

ACORN must be trying to win an irony award or something with this:

The two employees seen in the video were fired after it was posted online. The lawsuit says the employees, Tonja Thompson and Shera Williams, suffered "extreme emotional distress." […] (source)

Yes, that happens when you get fired for offering help with tax and mortgage fraud, money laundering and the trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation. The fired employees should be suing ACORN, by rolling them into this it could complicate legal matters for that criminal enterprise.

ACORN has now talked out of one side of its mouth about cleaning up but now out of the other side sues the very people that demonstrated so clearly that serious cleansing was necessary. With such actions is there any wonder that Congress and an ever increasing number of states are moving to defund ACORN? The IRS has severed its relationship with the organization as well.

ACORN of course runs the risk losing but even more important, that discovery will go much further than they currently expect. There is also the risk that Breitbart will release more videos as a first volley in reply to this.


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