Skip to comments.Federal Judge Dresses Down O'Keefe, But Lets Him Avoid Trial for Tampering with Senator's Phone
Posted on 05/20/2010 9:59:11 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
Republican dirty trickster to escape personal accountability...
A federal judge gave a stern talking to this morning to the Rightwing dirty trickster James O'Keefe III and his three fellow conspirators --- one of whom is the son of the Acting U.S. Attorney in Louisiana --- for their attempt to access the telephone system of Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in her New Orleans office, by impersonating phone company employees.
While describing the Republican activists' actions as "unconscionable" and "extremely serious", Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. stopped short of ordering a trial, according to AP today:
A federal judge had strong words for four conservative activists who initially were accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office, but ruled the misdemeanor charges against them can be resolved before a magistrate instead of a judge. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. said Wednesday he isn't exercising his right to hear the case even though the four defendants are charged with an "extremely serious" crime involving a security breach at a federal building.
"Deception is alleged to have been used by the defendants to achieve their purposes which in and of itself is unconscionable," Duval wrote.
In January, O'Keefe and accomplices were arrested on a number of felony charges, but after intercession by superstar Republican Party attorneys, the charges were reduced to misdemeanors.
O'Keefe is infamous for having worked with Rightwing media activist Andrew Breitbart to publish and disseminate deceptively edited video tapes of secretly taped meetings with ACORN employees in a number of their offices around the country. Breitbart, O'Keefe and his accomplice in the videos, Hannah Giles, lied to the media about the content of the interviews which were released to appear as if O'Keefe had dressed as, and represented himself as a cartoon versions of a 70's-era Blaxploitation pimp. In fact, he never did, and the shots of him dressed as a pimp were shot later and deceptively inserted into the highly edited videos as published by pretend "journalist" Breitbart.
Mainstream corporate media outlets such as Fox "News" and the New York Times promoted and/or reported uncritically and inaccurately on the videos which law enforcement officials from New York to California unanimously found to have been be deceptively edited and revealing no criminal wrongdoings by any of the ACORN employees seen in the tapes.
Nonetheless, despite a minor and begruding correction from the New York Times for their repeated misreporting on the ACORN "Pimp" Hoax --- following more than three months of The BRAD BLOG's coverage of the entire O'Keefe/Breitbart/Giles scam, and how the so-called "paper of record" shamefully fell for it --- the publicity from the hoax led to a precipitous drop off in financial support for the four-decade old, pro-democracy, anti-poverty community organization, resulting in the closure of ACORN offices around the country.
O'Keefe was also allowed to escape personal accountability in California as well, for secretly taping ACORN employees, after he struck a deal to turn over unreleased copies of the unedited videos to the state Attorney General, for the first time, in exchange for avoiding criminal prosecution.
In short, ACORN paid a serious price for a phony political operation that was run against them, despite having broken no laws, largely as a GOP vendetta for their work in legally registering millions of low- and middle-income, largely Democratic-leaning voters. While the Republican perpetrator of the scam look to pay no serious price for either it, or his subsequent "extremely serious" dirty tricks in the office of a sitting Democratic U.S. Senator.
LOL...not much bias in that account.
It’s only ok if you are on OFFICIAL “investigative journalist.”
Who wrote this garbage? This is nothing more than a stupid slanted propaganda piece and crappy blogging to boot.
Unconscionable? Extremely serious? Really?
A mugging is unconscionable. Cancer is extremely serious.
Perhaps what O'Keefe did was somewhat reckless, somewhat careless and somewhat silly, he clearly had no criminal intent. Whatever he did, it was neither serious or unconscionable. Judge
Hyperbole Duval needs to cut back on the coffee, or perhaps he needs a pet. I might recommend a cat, or small dog.
Geez, who is this Brad idiot? Mr Propaganda appears to have learned his trade from Goebbles.
Dresses down? Excuse me, have they been convicted? If not, then STFU, stupid Democrat Federal socialist judge.
LOL. It drips with hate and pain that O’Keefe doesn’t have to stand trial.
Yep, Mr. Friedman probably need a cold shower after writing all this flame...
after intercession by superstar Republican Party attorneys,
infamous for having worked with Rightwing media activist
to publish and disseminate deceptively edited video
lied to the media about the content of the interviews
represented himself as a cartoon versions of a 70's-era Blaxploitation pimp.
corporate media outlets such as Fox "News"
reported uncritically and inaccurately on the videos
despite a minor and begruding correction from the New York Times for their repeated misreporting
the hoax led to a precipitous drop off in financial support for the four-decade old, pro-democracy, anti-poverty community organization
ACORN paid a serious price for a phony political operation
Golly Brad, are you like oh, I don't know, pissed off? `Cause Brad, you might want to crank the old blood pressure back a notch or two...
BECAUSE "YOU AIN'T SEEN NUTHIN YET."
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Brad Friedman is a liar. O'Keefe did not tamper with a Senator's telephone.
If there was anything on O'Keefe judge worth a squat, you would have gone on with it, but you don't, and what you say is all asinine.
(Brad) Friedman was tapped by (Dennis) Kucinich as one of several experts who helped to compile two (Article 28, “Tampering with Free and Fair Elections” and Article 29, “Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965”) of the 35 articles of impeachment (for President Bush) as introduced in Congress in 2008.
Tune in tomorrow, when this Brad idiot calls 0bama a “Christian centrist.”
If this was 60 Minutes who played hidden candid-camera games as they done countless times in the past, they would have been lauded.
A moonbat Troofer. What else would you expect?
Jeeze .. what a slanted piece .. they can’t
report without the lies and spin.
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