Indicting the Messenger

Scott noted yesterday that, in light of the expose produced by James O’Keefe, “one might almost get the idea that ACORN is some kind of a criminal enterprise.” The criminal enterprise, however, has friends in high places. The authorities in Baltimore, where O’Keefe’s expose began, are moving to protect their fellow Democrats:

STATEMENT OF STATE’S ATTORNEYS OFFICE FOR BALTIMORE CITY RELATIVE TO THE ALLEGED BALTIMORE ACORN INCIDENT
Baltimore, MD – September 11, 2009 – We have received inquiries from citizens and the media asking whether the Baltimore City State’s Attorneys Office would initiate a criminal investigation for acts allegedly committed at ACORN offices located in Baltimore.

Well, that’s reasonable. The ACORN folks attempted to facilitate the commission of several crimes. But that isn’t what the State’s Attorney’s Office has in mind:

The only information received in reference to this alleged criminal behavior was a YouTube video. Upon review by this office, the video appears to be incomplete. In addition, the audio portion could possibly have been obtained in violation of Maryland Law, Annotated Code of Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article §10-402, which requires two party consent.
If it is determined that the audio portion now being heard on YouTube was illegally obtained, it is also illegal under Maryland Law to willfully use or willfully disclose the content of said audio. The penalty for the unlawful interception, disclosure or use of it is a felony punishable up to 5 years.

Scott suggested that O’Keefe’s work is worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, but the Democrats apparently don’t see it that way. By the time he’s done, O’Keefe may be wanted in several jurisdictions.
Via The Corner.

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