ACORNS Jumping In The Courts!

11 Mar

Three news items about ACORN and their fight against the right wing today –

This First one is un-Constitutional, and I don’t think could stand up under Court challenge. ESPECIALLY since the SCOTUS granted “person-hood” to corporations. This one is a violation of the corporate person’s Civil Rights – and might be subject to Criminal, as well as Civil penalties in my view.

ACORN Gives Up Ohio Business License, Won’t Return

The community organizing group ACORN has agreed to give up its Ohio business license and not return under another name, as it has in other states, under a settlement struck with a libertarian center that sued it.

U.S. District Judge Herman Weber, in Cincinnati, signed off on the deal, which settles claims brought by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law against ACORN’s voter registration practices. Other terms of the deal are confidential.

The center alleged in a lawsuit filed in 2008 that ACORN’s voter registration drives amounted to organized crime because the group turned in a pattern of fraudulent forms.

Center attorney Maurice Thompson said restricting ACORN’s ability to support or enable other groups to ”do what they do” was crucial to the deal, especially in a state he characterized as ”ground zero” to their voter advocacy efforts.

This one is from Breitbart “hisself” – which means it doesn’t have much credibility.

Court Dismisses ACORN Suit vs. ‘Pimp’, ‘Hooker’ and

A state court in Baltimore has dismissed ACORN’s lawsuit against James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and LLC after the plaintiffs failed to serve the complaint on the defendants within Maryland’s 120-day limit.

And last, but not least, Constitutional vindication of ACORN. Now, those of you with strong stomachs can read the one from Faux News, with a decided “Fair and Balanced” slant from the Faux Outhouse News Outlet…

Judge: ACORN Entitled to Taxpayer Money

U.S. District Judge Nina Gerson said Wednesday that Congress acted unconstitutionally when it tried to stop federal funding of the troubled group ACORN.

A more “unbiased” statement can be found here –


The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, scored another victory in court Wednesday when a federal judge in Brooklyn reaffirmed her December decision that congressional efforts to cut off all federal funding of the embattled nonprofit antipoverty group were unconstitutional.
Responding to a government request that she reconsider her previous ruling, U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon made permanent her ruling that the attempted cutoff, done without establishing wrongdoing on the part of ACORN, amounted to an unconstitutional “bill of attainder.”
“The judge’s ruling is a complete rebuke of the right wing’s smear tactics that unfortunately Congress fell for,” Bill Quigley, legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights told the Associated Press. “This is why we have checks and balances.”
As Metro Times previously reported (see this week’s News Hits section), the now discredited videos created by conservative activist James O’Keefe — who falsely implied that he showed up in ACORN offices dressed in an outlandish pimp outfit to seek tax advice from himself and a friend posing as a prostitute — prompted Congress to deny funding not just to ACORN but also to any groups affiliated or associated with it.
Detroit attorneys Julie Hurwitz and Bill Goodman assisted the Center for Constitutional Rights in representing ACORN.
“We are gratified that the federal judge in this case had the courage to see through this ultra-conservative legislative witch hunt, and to properly enforce the Constitution on behalf of our clients, even in the face of a growing right-wing movement to eviscerate all of our rights,” Hurwitz told the Metro Times.

Thae Faux News “Source” –

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Posted by on March 11, 2010 in Faux News, Stupid Republican Tricks


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