O'Keefe and Giles may still face charges over ACORN tapes

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It's true that California Attorney General Jerry Brown gave Republican activists James O'Keefe III and Hannah Giles immunity from prosecution in exchange for their full, unedited videotapes of ACORN employees.

But that doesn't mean the couple is necessarily off the legal hook entirely.

As Brown's own report notes, because of the immunity deal, his office did not determine if the couple violated California's Invasion of Privacy Act when they recorded ACORN employees.

But, as Brown's report observes,  "if the circumstances meet the requirements of the Act, the ACORN employees may be able to bring a private suit against O'Keefe and Giles for recording a confidential conversation without consent."

That's an important point to remember, given that rightwing groups are bragging that O'Keefe recently saw felony charges, filed in connection with his recent invasion  of the Louisiana office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), reduced to a misdemeanor.

Could O'Keefe's apparent ability to walk away relatively unscathed from acts that would land other folks in jail have something to do with his life of privilege as outlined at Gawker, using O'Keefe's Facebook photos? Or is it more to do his close ideological ties with the increasingly aggressive Republican attack machine?

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Turn the tables, and the left would be defending the antics.

If a liberal had went into one of the many such hypocritical as Acorn conservative operations and pulled the same stunt it would be cause for a DJ'd street party.

This is all part of the game and the fluid standards of the goofy right and left.

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 02, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

"Could O'Keefe's apparent ability to walk away relatively unscathed from acts that would land other folks in jail have something to do with his life of privilege"

You mean like Tim Geitner, Charlie Rangel and half of Obama's cabinet?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

These kids should learn a lesson that committing felonies isn't cool.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 07, 2010 @ 4:28 am

These kids should learn a lesson that committing felonies isn't cool.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 07, 2010 @ 4:29 am

A phony political stunt with no connection to the actual facts. This is out in the public now and STILL no word from FAUX or Hannity -- who spent hours of air time showing the video and having O'Keefe on as a guest. Nada. They are silent.

Posted by Guest Lee on Apr. 08, 2010 @ 1:08 pm