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Jerry Brown to investigate ACORN in California

Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has launched an investigation into the brouhaha over videotapes of a conservative group’s private sting operation against ACORN, the community organizing group credited with helping push Barack Obama to the presidency.

Brown’s office plans to look into circumstances surrounding both the making of the videos and what they reputedly show: ACORN members giving advice on how to open a brothel.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked Brown to investigate the videos in a letter two weeks ago. Chief Deputy Atty. Gen. James M. Humes replied that an investigation has been opened “of both ACORN and the circumstances under which ACORN employees were videotaped.”

It is illegal under state law to tape someone without his or her permission.

“We’re going to look at the tapes, we’re going to follow the facts without fear or favor, and we’re going to see where it takes us,” said Scott Gerber, a Brown spokesman.

Talk radio and TV have been abuzz for weeks over the hidden-camera videotapes, purportedly shot at ACORN offices in Washington, San Diego and San Bernardino. They show a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute being advised on how to set up a prostitution business.

“I am outraged and deeply concerned by these allegations,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement today. “If these reports are true, they warrant prosecution under the fullest extent of the law.”

Members of ACORN, which stands for the Assn. of Community Organization for Reform Now, are already under investigation in several states for allegations of irregularities in registering voters before the 2008 presidential election.

-- Eric Bailey in Sacramento

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a jerry brown is goin to investigate ACORN give me a brake
is like jerry brown investigaring him self
and on top of that jerry brown is super liberal democrat
jerry brown is goin to see if ACORN can open a brothel
and he only took 2 weeks
jerry brown for governor?????

Unbelievable...A Liberal investigating a criminal liberal organization that help elect a liberal president. It will be a sham...count on it!

No doubt, Brown is more interested in focusing on the two people who bravely exposed ACORN than the actual criminals. Just wait, we all know Brown's political motives and after all, it is the left coast.

"Brown is more interested in focusing on the two people who bravely exposed ACORN than the actual criminals."

what crime has ACORN committed? the two who "bravely exposed" ACORN committed several.

If it is illegal under state law to tape someone without his or her permission, then why is it OK to video tape bank robbers. Do criminals have to sign a waver giving prosecuting attorneys permission to show video tapes of crimes in progress? If ACORN wins this case I will be expecting Obama's Czars to come and take our camera phones away from us.Is this a double standard or what?

Why are the anti-Acorn posters so weak on grammar and spelling? Or maybe they would prefer spellin.

That recording law should be changed. Only 12 states require consent of all parties for taping. This makes California a perjurers' paradise.

HERE comes a Party WHITEWASH, we can all IGNORE.

rotting bodies attract vultures......

Yes, please give that semi-literate moron who calls himself "crooks and liars" a BRAKE.
... So he stops ignorant right-wing drivel.

It is simply amazing no one seems bothered the journalists actually started the conspiracy simply to entrap people. Three Afghan nationals are being indicted for conspiracy, and the government has their work cut out for them to prove their plans. These fake journalists videotaped their conspiracy and posted it online for the world to see. I heard one worker played along with their ruse and called police when they left. The police would normally ignore these people, but the entire event changed when these charlatans decided to publish their conspiracy for the world to see. I wish Jerry Brown would indict these fake journalists for what they did in San Bernadino because we're in trouble if vigilantes are given license to initiate a conspiracy simply to entrap people and groups they dislike.

'It is illegal under state law to tape someone without his or her permission.
“We’re going to look at the tapes, we’re going to follow the facts without fear or favor, and we’re going to see where it takes us,” said Scott Gerber, a Brown spokesman.'

uh where in that does it say ACORN taped the incident?

prejudice |ˈprejədəs|
1 preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience

cynic |ˈsinik|
1 a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons

New Oxford American Dictionary

I just love the difference in wording for the act of surreptitiously video taping ACORN in a supposedly corrupt act and the same act at a slaughterhouse in Chino not too long ago.

I agree the previous comments Mr. Brown will probably decide the videotaping was the illegal act.

The majority of our country allows taping (audio and video) without consent for good reasons. The only people who don't approve of non-consented taping, outside of their homes, have something to hide. London tapes their entire city, anywhere they please (outside of homes), and their crime rate has drastically reduced as a result. This law protects the guilty only, and no one will win my vote to bring charges against anyone who tapes outside of homes. Remember Rodney King? Who would have believed it without the tape? These amateur truth seekers who taped ACORN wouldn't have done it if they didn't ALREADY know that crimes were being committed. Would this story have gotten any attention if it had been "his/her word against his/her word". Not a chance! Tapes are evidence, and that seems to be the problem with those opposed to changing this law. So, ask yourself, why aren't average citizens allowed to provide their own proof, in places of business, via tapes? Why is it that only businesses are allowed to tape their employee and customer activities (in case they're robbed, or an employee does a "no no")? It's because without a tape, there is no evidence, and the cases are too weak to prosecute. Under this law, the average citizen doesn't stand a chance at winning a court case because we're held to the "his word against mine", and not allowed to tape. Is that a double standard or what?

Yeah right, a blind eye was turned these past years by all news media outlets because of ACORN's polical campaign fund raising and registering illegal aliens to vote for liberal candidates. Now, that elections are over it is time to investigate? Damage is done the Liberals have the Rose Colored glasses and the purse strings. Are tax high enough yet?

Right On Jerry! Prosecute those right wing nut cases!

Joel Grover over at Channel 4/KNBC better watch out. All those "illegal" videos he used to uncover consumer fraud will get him tossed into jail. Those corrupt businesses that were all caught on tape "illegally" may sue him civilly.

He's just mad because ACORN got exposed for who they really are the poor keeping the poor oppressed. Why doesn't he do an investigation on all the illegal brothels that illegally videotape children having sex and load up as child pornography. Just like a liberal to not take any responsibility but find unreasonable blame.

Jerry Brown is jumping on the bandwagon and pandering to the right to find some votes he will sorely need. Schwarzenegger is simply a joke. That doesn't mean that hidden cameras, as used on ACORN in a setup job, cannot do good work. A friend of mine recently got a new "toy" and used it right away.

It wasn’t how Don had imagined his first use of his recent purchase – a unique car key hidden camera – but his quick reaction in using the device may have saved a life.

Don had just finished participating in his weekly bowling league, followed by one beer with his teammates, and was headed to his car to drive home. A scream, followed by some scuffling noises, got his attention, and just as he reached his car, he saw what was happening. As he glanced to his left, he realized he was witnessing a kidnapping.

He struggled to absorb the unreality of the situation, but had his wits about him enough to grab his remote car key from his pocket and point it at the crime in progress. The remote was actually a hidden camera with audio and a built-in mini-DVR.

While trying to control a range of emotions – fear the chief amongst them – Don was able to control them all enough to keep the camera pointed at the action, with special emphasis on the license plates of the vehicle into which the two kidnappers were forcing a young lady they had pounced upon in the parking lot. At the same time, Don spoke a “running commentary” into the device in an attempt to capture every detail he could for the police.

At the same time, Don was fumbling into his pocket with his other hand to reach for his cell phone. As soon as he reached it, he entered 9-1-1 and alerted police to what was happening and where. When he added that he was capturing all the action on a hidden camera, there was a stunned silence on the other end. Finally, the 9-1-1 operator recovered enough to ask Don to “please remain on the scene for police to arrive.” He had planned to do just that.

While on the phone with 9-1-1 he was also able to provide the operator with a description of the vehicle used by the kidnappers and a license plate number. While one team of police began to block roads leading from the parking lot, another group quickly descended upon Don at the scene of the crime.

The police had never seen a car key hidden camera, but were most appreciative that Don had one and had acted so fast to capture the action. After answering all of their questions, and handing over the mini-DVR from the camera to the police, Don was permitted to go home. He did, and decided he needed a drink when he got there.

A call came in from police about an hour later to inform Don that the kidnappers had been captured and the kidnapped lady was safe. They thanked Don for his help. Don thanked www.yoursecurityandsafety.com/car-key-hidden-camera.htm for the opportunity to obtain the unique device, and from which he feels he’ll get a lot more use.


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