Looks like the ACORN Pimp may be paying out more than just the ass in his abbreviated prison stay…
This article is short on the legal ramifications, but while the ACORN Pimp, James O’Keefe and his accomplices have escaped further criminal prosecution – they are liable for defamation, and the loss of jobs by ACORN employees. The accomplices in this case not only include the “Ho’” who worked with O’Keefe, but possibly Brietbart (and others) who apparently financed their “operation” – as well as Faux News who promoted the tapes even when substantial evidence emerged that they were fake.
Now – if some aspiring young lawyers really want to have some fun – what I would suggest is taking a look at the local Public Utilities Commissions and FCC to check on what remediation is possible against Public Service broadcasters knowingly broadcasting false and defamatory material…
A former ACORN employee in San Diego who lost his job after being filmed giving advice to “ACORN pimp” James O’Keefe is suing the amateur videographer and his partner, Hannah Giles, San Diego CityBeat’s Dave Maas reported Friday.
Juan Carlos Vera was one of a number of ACORN employees who in the summer of 2009 was secretly filmed giving advice to O’Keefe and Giles, who were posing as a pimp and prostitute with plans to bring underage prostitutes to the US from Latin America.
In a lawsuit (PDF) filed in a California court this week, Vera argues O’Keefe and Giles broke the law when they taped their conversation inside the ACORN office. California is one of about a dozen states where conversations can only be recorded if all parties to it agree. Vera is seeking $75,000, plus unspecified “special damages.”
San Diego CityBeat reports that California Attorney General Jerry Brown cleared Vera of wrongdoing in a report earlier this year. Brown found that, though Vera appeared sympathetic to the “pimp and prostitute” during the taped meeting, he immediately notified the police of the conversation. Brown’s investigation also found that the O’Keefe videos were “significantly edited.”
The shocking prospect of ACORN employees aiding in human trafficking prompted Congress to de-fund the group last year, a move that was later ruled unconstitutional. And a report from the Government Accountability Office, released earlier this year, found no evidence of wrongdoingon the part of ACORN, which received some $40 million in federal funding from 2005 to 2009.