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Gayle in MD
01-28-2010, 10:48 AM
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Clearly, this young man thinks he is above the law, but wait, that's right, he'a a republican.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">It appears that conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe is continuing to comment on his case despite the gag order of the court. Raw Story and other sites are reporting that O’Keefe tweeted shortly around midnight last night that “Govt official concedes no attempt to wiretap.” It is certainly an important development if true, but O’Keefe may be accused of violating the court order though it could raise constitutional objections from O’Keefe. In the meantime, it appears that the stunt in New Orleans may have been an effort to cut off the telephones as opposed to wiretapping calls.


As noted in the segment below from Countdown, the affidavit accompanying the charges was curious in two respects. First, the government was charging a higher category of trespass by alleging intent to commit a felony. However, the prosecutors failed to state what that felony was. The clear suggestion of the affidavit was that the “malicious” interference with the telephone system was to wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office. Second, if this was a conspiracy to wiretap, one would have expected a reference to electronic surveillance equipment found at the scene.

Now, O’Keefe is saying that the government is not pursuing a surveillance theory. Such a development is important and worth public attention. However, O’Keefe is under a gag order not to discuss the case. These orders can create difficulties for the defense when someone like O’Keefe is being widely accused of a wiretapping conspiracy. He has an obvious desire to rebut those allegations — as do his lawyers. Moreover, he was merely referencing a news development in a brief tweet. Finally, a court is on precarious ground when it says that a defendant cannot speak for himself in public. O’Keefe could raise first amendment claims if the government decides to raise the matter with the court. Nevertheless, it could be viewed as a technical violation since these orders often refer to the parties in general and not just the lawyers. One recent such controversy occurred in Texas, here, but such disputes are not uncommon in high profile cases. For another such recent case, click here.

Attorneys in some recent hig-profile cases have asked for such gag orders to be lifted to allow their client to defend himself in the public forum, here. On occasion, courts will grant such motions.

Even without a gag order, it is always a mistake for clients to directly manage the media or speak on a case. Most lawyers strictly forbid such communications absent prior legal review and supervision. While this violation is not likely to result in a serious penalty, it can bring a rebuke from the Court and undermine the relationship with the judge.

MSNBC is reporting that officials say that the men did want to interfere with the phones by shutting them off (one of the possibilities that I discussed below). In a remarkably dumb prank, they “wanted to see how her local office staff would respond if the phones were inoperative.” This was connected to their opposition to Sen. Landrieu’s position on health care. I will not try to bridge that logical gap.

O’Keefe seems to relish reckless acts. His stunt with ACORN appears to have violated state laws. Even without a surveillance conspiracy, the Landrieu stunt is still quite serious. What is interesting is that O’Keefe hardly needs to directly communicate such information given the press attention in the case.

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http://jonathanturley.org/2010/01/28/filmmaker-okeefe-tweets-on-pending-charges-despite-gag-order/

LWW
01-28-2010, 10:57 AM
You are aware that if one reads the link you posted, it seems to be stating that the state has nothing against O'Keefe and this is yet another leftist witch hunt?

I have seen precious little about this case in the MSM, and this is among the few things I've read on it.

Thanks for posting data which doesn't support your conclusion. Again.

LWW

Qtec
01-28-2010, 11:36 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">the state has nothing against O'Keefe </div></div>

Why was he arrested? Why were they posing as telephone workers?

The guy is slime and I hope he gets jail time.....then the pimp will become the bitch...how fitting.

Q

LWW
01-28-2010, 12:52 PM
This is America Herr Q.

We have a legal system.

Why was ACORN posing as defending the rights of people while being willing to assist a child prostitution ring?

If he is guilty he should be punished.

That is what fairness dictates.

LWW

Gayle in MD
01-29-2010, 01:51 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">the state has nothing against O'Keefe </div></div>

Why was he arrested? Why were they posing as telephone workers?

The guy is slime and I hope he gets jail time.....then the pimp will become the bitch...how fitting.

Q </div></div>

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>then the pimp will become the bitch...how fitting.
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Ditto!
He broke the law when he illegally taped the Acorn Employees. It is a fact that he deleted the parts of the tapes which proved that the Acorn Employees were not even taking him seriously.

In Baltimore, they laughed out loud, called the police, and sent him away. Of course, Fox never reported that part, so our ininformed friends on the right don't have a clue about it.

He wasn't satisfied with that, however, after being elevated by the right into a hero, even singled out by Republicans for special congressional recognition, LMAO, for his excellent Republican styled, SLEEZE tactics! LMAO!


This time, he broke Federal Laws. He is in big trouble now. This is a clear case of Republican styled ILLEGAL, SLEEZY REPUBLICAN LAW BREAKING FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. They are, and have always been famous for this.

The right uses unfair, tortured logic in their quest to trash this organization, anything they submit on the subject, is irrelevant. As usual, they are blinded by their partisanship, distinguished by justification overreach, marked by twisted logic, and false information, blind to clearly illegal actions..

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