May 29, 2010

Shocker: Court Destroyed Evidence That Landrieu's Phones Were Working Fine, Just As O'Keefe Endeavored to Establish
— Ace

Hmmmm...

Patterico says he cannot think of any legal principle that justifies the destruction of copyrighted work with a clear relevance to political debate.

I can, sort of, but it doesn't apply: There is the basic notion that a criminal shall not profit from his crimes. But a general notion is not actually a law; a law is specific, and very detailed about what the circumstances must be for a criminal's first amendment rights -- to, say, write a book about his murder spree and collect royalties from it -- to be so abridged.

Obviously, no law covers the instant situation, so where did the court get its authority to do this?

A possibility is that the court or prosecutors demanded just this as part of the plea agreement -- but that begs the next question: In that case, why did the court or prosecutors decide that protecting a Democrat from damaging information collected in a sting was a priority that rivaled dispassionate execution of justice?

Where did they get the idea that among their duties was sparing Mary Landrieu from the political fallout of the revelation of a damaging lie?

Why is this their concern at all? Certainly no code of ethics commands this.

Seems to me they volunteered to make part of their official duties playing damage-control and running interference for Senator Landrieu. And the reason for this is so obvious that I can't even ask the rhetorical question about it without offending my own intelligence.

This is very similar to the basic rules of leaks: If a leak damages a Republican, the leak is considered legitimate and the story is the content of the leak itself.

If, however, a leak damages a Democrat, the leak is considered illegitimate and not fit for public discussion and the story is instead about the lack of ethics and political maneuvering and general skullduggery that resulted in the leak.

James O'Keefe and his henchmen discovered something important about a political actor. Had that political actor been a Republican, the entire nation would be celebrating his craftiness and fearlessness in exposing a lie, with the media cheerleading this response, even if he had to (barely) bend the law to accomplishment.

But the actor was a Democrat, and so the story is about the penny-ante lawbreaking that ferreted out the information.

And not only that, the information itself is destroyed. By court order. The apparatus of the state rising up with alacrity and menace to protect a member of government from accountability to the public.


Posted by: Ace at 10:57 AM | Comments (51)
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1 Rule of Law means nothing to Democrats

Posted by: Frank G at May 29, 2010 10:58 AM (4X0aT)

2

Someone get Dan Rather on the line.

 

It's busy??

Posted by: gus at May 29, 2010 10:59 AM (Vqruj)

3 Yeah, but O'Keefe wasn't in his Dolemite costume. BUSTED!

Posted by: Rachel Maddow at May 29, 2010 11:00 AM (xCO0a)

4 What this proves is that this is one sleazy, disgusting human being.

Posted by: ParisParamus at May 29, 2010 11:01 AM (iKR5z)

5 OT but any one of you guys coming up 95 to visit Arlington Cemetery make sure you visit a gun shop called Clark Bros right off 95 in Warrenton. They bhave a free shooting range out back of the store too.

Posted by: Mr Pink at May 29, 2010 11:04 AM (B/7zA)

6 Funny things happen in LA. It is one of the most corrupt States in the country.

Posted by: Vic at May 29, 2010 11:04 AM (6taRI)

7

Being a democrat means being part of organized crime, without the guns and the canoli.

Posted by: Cincinnatus at May 29, 2010 11:04 AM (r60xu)

8

Cut to the fucking chase.  Landrieu is corrupt and was bribed. 
O'Keefe tried to do a little guerilla journalism and broke a law.

The only blood in the water is O'Keefe.    The LIBTARD media doesn't care about Landrieu's corruption, deceit and non-service to constituents who tried to call her.   The only blood that the libs smell is O'Keefe. 

Why?  Because O'Keefe proved libs are dishonest blood sucking  hacks vis a vis Opies very own favorite corrupt poverty pimp (pun intended) organization.

ACORN.

Any reported with a fucking I.Q. over 50 would ask the question.  WHY?

Why was O'Keefe trying to infiltrate Landrieu's office and did the WHY have legs.

Daniel Ellsburgs psychiatrist ring a bell?

Posted by: gus at May 29, 2010 11:06 AM (Vqruj)

9 Being a democrat means being part of organized crime, without the guns and the canoli. Looks to me like the bastards are doing just fine with purple t-shirts and cases of wholesale aspirin.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 29, 2010 11:08 AM (9Lm5R)

10 They were afraid I was on camera in an unflattering angle; which could be any angle.

Posted by: Mary Landrieu's Fat Ass at May 29, 2010 11:09 AM (G9PIC)

11 If, however, a leak damages a Democrat, the leak is considered illegitimate and not fit for public discussion and the story is instead about the lack of ethics and political maneuvering and general skullduggery that resulted in the leak.

Damn straight!

Posted by: Phil Jones, scientist at May 29, 2010 11:11 AM (xCO0a)

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at May 29, 2010 11:15 AM (AFMat)

13 I hope Brietbart & co. don't let this rest. The Dems keep committing crimes to cover their crimes, and exposing them will keep the stench in the air.

Posted by: Trimegistus at May 29, 2010 11:16 AM (sPvX2)

14 What "leak"?

How is an office worker stating that her office's phone system is in good working order a leak of confidential information, protected in any way, shape or form from disclosure?

Posted by: stuiec at May 29, 2010 11:19 AM (W+GYq)

15 Dennis Hopper just died. He was an actual person. A man of value and values. Yeah, there was the 60's thing. But he was also serious, in his career in films and as a responsible being. He was an early advocate for civil rights (he introduced Brando to that cause, for better or worse, and take that, cloony) and was a serious artist (middling) and figure in the art world. A real person. .. and by the way, a "republican".

Posted by: gomm at May 29, 2010 11:21 AM (EA+Co)

16 "it's just your 19th nervous breakdown............"

Every day in every way, the media makes the case against itself.  More importantly, the fundamentally and thoroughly corrupt LA criminal justice system reveals itself one more time.

This is one more case of criminals-in-office aided & abetted by media stooges.  This is becoming so common that it's becoming Background Noise

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at May 29, 2010 11:22 AM (JrRME)

17 Obviously, no law covers the instant situation, so where did the court get its authority to do this?

You are one naive fuck, Ace.

Posted by: A Former Chrysler Bond Holder at May 29, 2010 11:23 AM (wrL7T)

18

Who pays Mary Landrieu.

Who owns that phone system.

O'Keefe was convicted of a misdemeanor.  Groovy.

Now MFM, do your motherfucking job.  There is a story that needs to be covered.

When the NY SLIMES leaks 'classified' military or national security data, the LEFT CHEERS.

Posted by: gus at May 29, 2010 11:25 AM (Vqruj)

19 Obviously, no law covers the instant situation, so where did the court get its authority to do this?

Authority?  We don't need no stinkin' authority.

Posted by: The courts at May 29, 2010 11:26 AM (T0NGe)

20 So what is the context here? Why was it so important to establish that Landreu's phones worked?

Posted by: kidney at May 29, 2010 11:26 AM (Abmb8)

21 ... just simply a fine human being a good man and person of belief and accomplishment. ... & a pretty good actor, too. There's a real life there over half a century. He was more than the surface crap you'll hear & read. Although he acquited himself well to be of positive note.

Posted by: gomm at May 29, 2010 11:26 AM (7JES6)

22

 

and here's eggmcmuffin the contrarian troll

 

Posted by: Snagglepuss at May 29, 2010 11:26 AM (uFokq)

23 15 Dennis Hopper just died.

Hollywood just lurched even further to the left as Gary Coleman, Art Linkletter, and now Dennis Hopper all died in the same week.

(Yes, Coleman was a Republican.)

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at May 29, 2010 11:27 AM (AFMat)

24 .. I guess the words that come to mind are responsible, honest and good.

Posted by: gomm at May 29, 2010 11:28 AM (7JES6)

25

 

or maybe not

I'm befuddled -- it's a byproduct of living in Bizarro Universe.

Posted by: Snagglepuss at May 29, 2010 11:28 AM (uFokq)

26 This is why I'm suffering in Alaska.

Posted by: Wasilla Stalker at May 29, 2010 11:28 AM (w6q60)

27 Why was it so important to establish that Landreu's phones worked?

Posted by: kidney at May 29, 2010 04:26 PM (Abmb

um, because she said that they weren't working.  He--with this video as documentation--proved she was lying.    Clear enough?

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at May 29, 2010 11:31 AM (JrRME)

28 Mary lied that the phone lines died.

Posted by: conscious, but incredibly incoherent at May 29, 2010 11:31 AM (YVZlY)

29 20 So what is the context here? Why was it so important to establish that Landreu's phones worked?

Posted by: kidney at May 29, 2010 04:26 PM (Abmb

I believe it was during the Healtcare debate, and the "Louisiana Purchase" aspect of it.  They weren't answering phone calls of angry voters pissed at her selling her vote and they claimed their phones weren't working.    O'Keefe sought to prove that the phones were working and they were simply ignoring their constituents.

Posted by: buzzion at May 29, 2010 11:33 AM (oVQFe)

30 Thanks, Buzz.

Posted by: kidney at May 29, 2010 11:38 AM (Abmb8)

31 If this went down the way I think it went down--it's impeachable. The judgeship position should be defunded until the person responsible steps down.

Furthermore, I think the default position needs to become that judges are absolutely incapable of keeping their political views or wishes for one side to win larger political victories out of their scan when judging on the bench. Needs to become the CW. So as to encourage the legal profession and the law schools to understand it's over. Either their attempt to remake the country via the judiciary is over, or the concept of an impartial judiciary is over. Their choice--but a choice will have to be made, and they kid themselves if they think one won't.

Posted by: Horatius at May 29, 2010 11:38 AM (a3W9V)

32

Rule of Law means nothing to Democrats

This. 

Posted by: Dang Straights at May 29, 2010 11:39 AM (4Q7Cg)

33 More fuel for November's flames.

Posted by: eman at May 29, 2010 11:43 AM (kgGdn)

34 Patterico also provides a link to the plea agreement (pdf). Destroying the video was not part of it.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at May 29, 2010 11:51 AM (z63p1)

35 OFF TOPIC, but important:

Go to Hot Air and read this post.

And pass it along.

And yeah, she's got Ace on her blog roll.

Posted by: CPT. Charles at May 29, 2010 12:57 PM (beW+t)

36 We are now free to make up any plausible story about how the tape showed Mary Landrieu engaged in incredible corrupt acts.  There is nothing to disprove any story and a corrupt judge to fuel the conspiracy theory.


Posted by: snookered at May 29, 2010 12:58 PM (jchJh)

37

I've seen the video.  Not pretty.  It actually shows 'the whore of healthcare' dirty Mary on her knees in front of an obama poster with what looks like a meatball sub being shoved in her mouth and everything falling apart all over the place.  I don't understand what i'm looking at.

Her Father must be so proud.

Posted by: Judith Miller Antoinetta at May 29, 2010 01:51 PM (9vQ7f)

38

q/ why did the obama cross the road?

a/ to suck larry sinclair's dick.

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39 “Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” - R. Emanuel

Posted by: LC LaWedgie at May 29, 2010 11:55 PM (EGXE5)

40

Welcome to Louisiana politics ya'all.

Chicago is famous for such maneuvers, but Louisiana made it an art form since Reconstruction Days.

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