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Simplex3
09-24-2009, 11:15 AM
I don't see how this ends well for ACORN.

http://wjz.com/wireapnewsmd/APNewsBreak.ACORN.files.2.1203697.html
Sep 23, 2009 7:22 pm US/Eastern
APNewsBreak: ACORN Sues Filmmakers
BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) ― ACORN and two former employees of its Baltimore office filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed the employees giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute.

The liberal activist group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland law requires the consent of both parties to record private conversations.

The employees seen in the video, Tonja Thompson and Shera Williams, were fired after it was posted online. Thompson and Williams are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which says they suffered "extreme emotional distress with attendant physical symptoms and injury to their reputations."

The lawsuit names James O'Keefe III and Hannah Giles, who played the pimp and prostitute in the video, as defendants. It also names conservative columnist and blogger Andrew Breitbart of Los Angeles, who posted it on his Web site, biggovernment.com.

Brietbart said he would respond with his lawyer to a request for comment. He told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that he looked forward to a lawsuit because he expects unsavory details about ACORN to be unearthed in the discovery process.

O'Keefe and Giles could not immediately be reached. Asked by Fox News earlier this month about the possibility of a lawsuit, O'Keefe said, "Bring it on."

"It's not in their interest to attack me and Hannah," O'Keefe told Fox News. "If they want to equate sex trafficking of young girls with videotaping someone without their consent, that's their moral prerogative, but that just shows you how low they are."

In the video, the pair claimed they planned to employ teenage girls from El Salvador as prostitutes, and one of the ACORN employees suggested that up to three of the girls could be claimed as dependents.

O'Keefe and Giles made similar videos at ACORN offices in Washington, New York and San Diego, but the lawsuit, filed in Baltimore Circuit Court, involves only the Baltimore recording.

The lawsuit claims the video damaged ACORN's reputation and asks for injunctions barring its further broadcast or distribution. It seeks $2 million in compensatory damages $1 million for ACORN and $500,000 for each of the two former employees as well as $1 million in punitive damages from each of the three defendants.

Andrew D. Freeman an attorney for ACORN, Thompson and Williams said the former employees did not wish to comment but that the emotional distress claim "is not an exaggeration."

"They're doing their best not to watch television. They've sort of been prisoners in their own homes," Freeman said. "While everyone, including them, agrees that some of the things they said were dumb, in Maryland we have a right to say dumb things in the privacy of our homes and offices without fear of being taped and without fear of being splashed all over the Internet."

Maryland's wiretap law is sometimes called the "Linda Tripp law." Tripp, a Maryland resident at the time, was indicted, but not prosecuted, for secretly recording telephone conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in which they discussed Lewinsky's affair with former president Bill Clinton.

ACORN which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now bills itself as the nation's largest advocacy group for the poor. It started in 1970 in Arkansas and is now a a national, multimillion-dollar conglomerate.

The videos sparked outrage on Capitol Hill, where the House and Senate voted last week in separate bills to deny federal funds to ACORN. Maryland does not fund the group.

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Associated Press writer Justin Pritchard in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

blaise
09-24-2009, 11:17 AM
ACORN is busy shredding documents.

KC Dan
09-24-2009, 11:18 AM
"The lawsuit claims the video damaged ACORN's reputation and asks for injunctions barring its further broadcast or distribution. It seeks $2 million in compensatory damages $1 million for ACORN and $500,000 for each of the two former employees as well as $1 million in punitive damages from each of the three defendants."

Good, hopefully the defense will get the judge to make ACORN divulge financial records to prove the damage thus exposing them more. They are not very smart....Just die already ACORN.

KILLER_CLOWN
09-24-2009, 11:18 AM
You're obviously a Racist if you watched the video.

ROYC75
09-24-2009, 11:24 AM
And all the ACORN horses and all the ACORN men,couldn't put together a crack ACORN again.

Mizzou_8541
09-24-2009, 11:25 AM
Thompson and Williams are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which says they suffered "extreme emotional distress with attendant physical symptoms and injury to their reputations."

Well, they have the victim role down pat. Being taped caused them extreme emotional distress with attendant physical symptoms and injury to their reputations, yet condoning child prostitution doesn't.

ROYC75
09-24-2009, 11:25 AM
ACORN is busy shredding documents.

W O R D

Mr. Plow
09-24-2009, 11:27 AM
"They're doing their best not to watch television. They've sort of been prisoners in their own homes," Freeman said. "While everyone, including them, agrees that some of the things they said were dumb, in Maryland we have a right to say dumb things in the privacy of our homes and offices without fear of being taped and without fear of being splashed all over the Internet."



ROFL

***SPRAYER
09-24-2009, 02:32 PM
And all the ACORN horses and all the ACORN men,couldn't put together a crack ACORN again.

ROFL

Saul Good
09-24-2009, 06:24 PM
"The lawsuit claims the video damaged ACORN's reputation and asks for injunctions barring its further broadcast or distribution.

When shining a light on your organization's actions damages its reputation, it's time to re-think the way you operate.

RINGLEADER
09-24-2009, 07:25 PM
This is why partisanship is a good thing.

The left is completely out of control.

blaise
09-24-2009, 07:33 PM
When shining a light on your organization's actions damages its reputation, it's time to re-think the way you operate.

Yeah, they're not arguing about whether it's true, just how the information was obtained. What a disgrace they are.

2bikemike
09-24-2009, 07:37 PM
Yeah, they're not arguing about whether it's true, just how the information was obtained. What a disgrace they are.

Yeah and the way our court system works with a couple of slick attorneys I bet they get rich off the suit. :shake:

petegz28
09-24-2009, 07:42 PM
absence of jAZ and Direckshun in this thread has been noted......LMAO

Bill Parcells
09-24-2009, 08:55 PM
The film makers are racists..lol

KCTitus
09-24-2009, 09:00 PM
absence of jAZ and Direckshun in this thread has been noted......LMAO

You just wait...until Keith Olbermann is over...you'll see.

Bwana
09-24-2009, 09:25 PM
absence of jAZ and Direckshun in this thread has been noted......LMAO

Yeah...........SHOCKING!

KCWolfman
09-24-2009, 09:46 PM
"The lawsuit claims the video damaged ACORN's reputation and asks for injunctions barring its further broadcast or distribution. It seeks $2 million in compensatory damages — $1 million for ACORN and $500,000 for each of the two former employees — as well as $1 million in punitive damages from each of the three defendants."

Good, hopefully the defense will get the judge to make ACORN divulge financial records to prove the damage thus exposing them more. They are not very smart....Just die already ACORN.

The only damage done to ACORN's reputation is by extremist wackos who actually believed they were trying to do good in the first place.

Warrior5
09-25-2009, 02:21 AM
"The lawsuit claims the video damaged ACORN's reputation and asks for injunctions barring its further broadcast or distribution. It seeks $2 million in compensatory damages $1 million for ACORN and $500,000 for each of the two former employees as well as $1 million in punitive damages from each of the three defendants."

Let me get this straight... ACORN is seeking $500k in damages for employees ACORN fired as a result of the videos?

Guru
09-25-2009, 03:06 AM
Let me get this straight... ACORN is seeking $500k in damages for employees ACORN fired as a result of the videos?Makes perfect sense considering the source. They are unemployed now you know. Just showing them how to work the system.

***SPRAYER
09-25-2009, 06:29 AM
You just wait...until Keith Olbermann is over...you'll see.

ROFL

memyselfI
09-25-2009, 06:32 AM
Using taxpayer money to do so, no doubt.

***SPRAYER
09-25-2009, 06:34 AM
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