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U.S. attorney leaves hidden-camera case

February 2, 2010

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— The top federal prosecutor for New Orleans has removed himself from the case of four conservative activists arrested last week while trying to capture hidden camera footage in a senator’s office, the Department of Justice said Monday.

A Justice Department news release said Jim Letten, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, recused himself from the case a day after the Jan. 25 arrests in Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in New Orleans. Letten’s top lieutenant, assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann, has taken over.

The news release didn’t say why Letten removed himself, and his spokeswoman Anna Christman said she couldn’t comment.

One of the suspects is the son of Letten’s Shreveport-based counterpart.

Another man who was arrested, daredevil videographer James O’Keefe, has said the group wanted to investigate complaints that constituents calling Landrieu’s office couldn’t get through to criticize her support of a health care reform bill. Landrieu’s office has said O’Keefe’s explanation is feeble, and the case should be thoroughly investigated.

Authorities said O’Keefe used his cell phone to try to capture video of two other men who posed as telephone repairmen and asked to see the phones at Landrieu’s office. The fourth is accused of waiting outside in a car with a listening device that could pick up transmissions.

O’Keefe is known nationally for hidden-camera videos targeting the community-organizing group ACORN.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Actually, Tom, what the mainstream media is not covering are recent investigations and court rulings that have largely absolved ACORN of pretty much every charge made against them. They also haven't covered the fact that the "journalism" against ACORN done by O'Keefe, the guy arrested in this story, lacks any sort of integrity, and was really no more than a sensationalist smear job.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

"Eric Holder is protecting his bros."

Eric Holder isn't involved in these investigations or court rulings.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 5 months ago

I think it is hilarious that the supporter of AG Gonzales wants to criticize one iota of anything AG Holder does.

ivalueamerica 5 years, 5 months ago

TomShewmon (Tom Shewmon) says…

WOW!

This incident is getting waaay more coverage from the lamestream media than the actual corruption of ACORN did/does.

lol, another lie brought to you buy Tom Shewmon.

If you can not speak the truth, you have nothing of value to offer, when will you learn that.

georgiahawk 5 years, 5 months ago

O'keefe is a joke! Only Faux and Friends and the rest of the right wing media consider this guy to be anything other than a joke. The right consider him to be a hero! He is, however, typical of the level of journalistic integrity that they aspire to.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

Come on, it's not like O'Keefe was standing outside a polling place waving a club......... (which was perfectly okay according to Let 'em Go Holder)

feeble 5 years, 5 months ago

Change O'Keefe's name to Abdul Rahman and posters on this forum would be having a seizure over the lack of security and foaming at the mouth over Obama's weakness on terror.

Once again, conservative posters are not interested in the rule of law, only the rule of the right.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 5 years, 5 months ago

TomShewmon (Tom Shewmon) says…

"This incident is getting waaay more coverage from the lamestream media than the actual corruption of ACORN did/does."

Ya think it might be due to the fact that an actual crime might have occurred?

If it had been a D that allegedly had done this to an R of similar stature, they probably would have been renditioned to an exotic location, waterboarded, and forced to make a nude human pyramid for a camera already.

jaywalker 5 years, 5 months ago

"O'keefe is a joke! Only Faux and Friends and the rest of the right wing media consider this guy to be anything other than a joke"

A joke? The kid's all of 25 and has already exposed and busted some untoward activities at Planned Parenthood and ACORN offices. No, I don't think you need to be a conservative to appreciate misdeeds being caught and halted.

arizonajh 5 years, 5 months ago

Redrooster Haiku is 5 syllables 7 syllables 5 syllables not just three lines

Not only do you not know what your talking about but you can't complete a writing task given to fifth graders.

frank mcguinness 5 years, 5 months ago

Whats new?

Watergate

Now Bayougate

The ethics of republicans is so far down the tube not even tommys lies can pull this much wool over the american citizens eyes.

Plus you'd have to be dumb as rocks not to know it's illegal in almost every state to record anything without the knowledge of those being recorded.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

"Louisiana Unless a criminal or tortious purpose exists, a person can record any conversations transmitted by wire, oral or electronic means to which he is a party, or when one participating party has consented...." In most states, the consent of all parties seems to not be required in order for a taping to be legal. http://www.rcfp.org/taping/quick.html You'd have to be as dumb as a box of rocks to not do some basic research before spouting off incorrect information.

frank mcguinness 5 years, 5 months ago

So Snap, I guess thats why okeefe is being sued by Acorn for violating maryland state law?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/23/lawsuit.acorn/index.html

Regardless of the state, it is almost always illegal to record a conversation to which you are not a party, do not have consent to tape, and could not naturally overhear.

And regardless of whether a state has a criminal law regarding cameras, undercover recording in a private place can prompt civil lawsuits for invasion of privacy.

http://www.rcfp.org/taping/index.html

So who's right SNAP?

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 5 months ago

bozo said: Actually, Tom, what the mainstream media is not covering are recent investigations and court rulings that have largely absolved ACORN of pretty much every charge made against them. They also haven't covered the fact that the “journalism” against ACORN done by O'Keefe, the guy arrested in this story, lacks any sort of integrity, and was really no more than a sensationalist smear job.

So bozo this guy is pretty much like Keith Olbermann

georgiahawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Jaywalker, he is a joke! Evidenced by the fact that the punch line is how Faux News treats him like a hero. Can you not see the humor?

jaywalker 5 years, 5 months ago

Sorry, georgia, but did you just say that your basis for calling O'Keefe a joke isn't based on anything substantial, just that if Fox lauds him he's immediately without credibility? Brillliant. I don't watch Fox and I've never heard this 'hero' stuff, but the guy's done some solid work in investigative journalism. Attempting to bug a Senator's office might just land him in prison for a while, not sure how I feel about that stuff, could be going too far.

Wise up, georgia, it's that type of factless, weak, purely partisan thinking that keeps dividing this country. Try fair and rational. Tastes better.

arizonajh 5 years, 5 months ago

Sorry ComradeRedRooster for killing your buzz. I thought you might like to know how clueless you sound when you say stupid things but I see you've embraced the ignorance.

georgiahawk 5 years, 5 months ago

No Jay, the fact that Faux news treats him as some journalistic hero doing the work that no one else in the media is daring enough to tackle (can you see how the joke is running now? he is dressed up in a pimp outfit from the 70's and Faux news is fawning over him) is only the punch line. The rest of O'Keefe is the joke!!! (hint: go back to original post by me "O'Keefe is a joke!")

a_flock_of_jayhawks 5 years, 5 months ago

TomShewmon (Tom Shewmon) says…

"Our newest survey looking at perceptions of ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News finds Fox as the only one that more people say they trust than distrust. 49% say they trust it to 37% who do not."

Mr. Shewmon, this is perhaps one of your best posts ever. For only 49% to say they trust it (going by the formula and analysis you apply to Presidential job approval numbers), then Fox News is dropping at light speed into utter and complete failure and disgrace. 51% don't say they trust it? By GOP logic, that would be a mandate. No room for discussion, nope, no one wants it, it's bad and wrong - badong!

Now for the 37% that do not trust it. That's a fairly high number no matter how you slice it.

somedude20 5 years, 5 months ago

O'Keefe is going to have a lot of time for "Fauxing" when he goes to the "big house" or as the GOP refers to jail as "Temptation Island"

jaywalker 5 years, 5 months ago

georgia,

That's very very sad on your part.

Art 5 years, 5 months ago

"daredevil videographer James O’Keefe?"

Well, that's kind of aggrandizing, isn't it? How about "fake wanna-be pimp James O'Keefe?"

ivalueamerica 5 years, 5 months ago

Tom, you are a liar, and not even a good one. The ACORN coverage (and I think ACORN should be closed) got way more press than this.

The fact that you lie to make a point makes you pointless.

ivalueamerica 5 years, 5 months ago

Tom,

once again, you make up lies and present them as the truth, I am sure you would burst into flames if you ever told the truth again in your life, it just ain't in your blood.

I Know Senator Pelosi, met her when I worked in DC before she became speaker and I do not respect her. Neither did I support Obama during the election though I do admit voting for him, but that was more thanks to Palin than McCain.

However, keep telling lies, it just shows that you have nothing of substance ...ever.

and the facts about the coverage do not bear out your lie, but again, you know you are lieing so why bother wasting my typing to a habitual liar such as yourself.

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