ACORN dropped their multi-million dollar lawsuit against James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, who entered several ACORN facilities across the map, and recorded ACORN employees giving advice on how to evade tax laws and keep a prostitution business offering 13-year-old, smuggled Salvadorean girls under the radar. The suit was dropped because ACORN failed to serve O’Keefe, Giles and Andrew Breitbart’s Breitbart.com. Perhaps the plan was never to serve the defendents knowing you can’t defend the indefensible.
Copyrights and Campaigns has the court docket showing a failure to serve. The case was filed in Baltimore based on Maryland law saying that all persons being recorded or videotaped must give consent to the action, but the content of the tapes demonstrated a flagrant disregard for tax law, human smuggling, prostitution and more.
Ben Sheffner at Copyrights and Campaigns predicted in September 2009 that the lawsuit would fail because first, there must be a reasonable expectation to privacy, which would be a difficult case to make in an office where doors were open, and children could be heard in the area.
So while ACORN received enormous publicity over the lawsuit, they have also been under enormous scrutiny since the tapes surfaced; so much so that they are attempting to change their name, closing offices for lack of funding and finding it more and more difficult to find anyone sympathizing with their supposed mission of registering the poor and disenfranchised to vote. See the background at BigGovernment.com.
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