Feds reduce charges against ACORN pimp James O'Keefe

Four who were arrested after entering office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., now facing misdemeanor charges

By Alex Koppelman
March 27, 2010 12:40AM (UTC)
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Salon composite of James O'keefe behind bars, taken from a booking photo provided by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

James O'Keefe and the three other men arrested with him after they tried one of the video stunts O'Keefe has become famous for at the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., were hit with federal felony charges after their arrest. Now, the charges have been reduced, down to a single misdemeanor each.

The four men initially faced penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Now, the maximum punishment they can receive is six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.


As the Associated Press notes, the way these charges were reduced seems to indicate that a plea deal is on its way, and a lawyer for one of the men essentially confirmed that to the AP.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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