Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Comedy Gold, ACORN Edition

Great move, guys:

Community activist group ACORN is suing the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed employees of its Baltimore office giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute.

Tax advice? Well, what kind of tax advice was that?

Two employees at the Baltimore, Maryland, branch of the liberal community organizing group ACORN were caught on tape allegedly offering advice to a pair posing as a pimp and prostitute on setting up a prostitution ring and evading the IRS.

Okay, let's be charitable and call it exceptionally ill-considered tax advice. But what would the cause of action be for ACORN? From the news report:

The liberal group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland requires two-party consent to create sound recordings.

Which is, of course, an utterly ridiculous law. If the law were enforced at all times, it would be impossible for any company to have any audio/video surveillance tapes (excuse me, Mr. Liquor Store Armed Robber, may I have your consent to film you leaping over this counter and sticking a gun in my mouth?) or for news agencies to film any news event without getting prior consent (excuse me, crowd of protestors, may I interrupt what you're doing and have you all sign a waiver and release? Please line up over here to the right.)

But here's the fun part: if the suit were to go forward at all, the defense would have the opportunity to pursue discovery. And lo, can you imagine the interrogatories?

Please, please, please go forward with this suit, ACORN. We'd have to pop enough popcorn to keep Con Agra Foods subsidiary Orville Redenbacher in business forevah.


Gino said...

when i fisrt heard about acorn shenanigans, i never suspected that it would get any traction in the media.

like anything, traction, and media, didnt truly arrive until sex was thrown into it.

and it aint over by a long shot.

Right Hook said...

W.B. Picklesworth said...

Frankly, I'm stunned that ACORN is being this dumb. The media and the Congress will do their best to bury this, but here they are trying to keep it alive and kicking. What we have here is a breathtaking display of arrogance. They think they're untouchable.

Night Writer said...

Picklesworth, maybe ACORN's lawyers are as competent as it's tax advisors.