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James O'Keefe Tweets Info On Phone Tampering Case, Violates Gag Order

First Posted: 03/30/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

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Jonathan Turley:

It appears that conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe is continuing to comment on his case despite the gag order of the court. Raw Story and other sites are reporting that O'Keefe tweeted shortly around midnight last night that "Govt official concedes no attempt to wiretap." It is certainly an important development if true, but O'Keefe may be accused of violating the court order. In the meantime, it appears that the stunt in New Orleans may have been an effort to cut off the telephones as opposed to wiretapping calls.

As noted in the segment below from Countdown, the affidavit accompanying the charges was curious in two respects. First, the government was charging a higher category of trespass by alleging intent to commit a felony. However, the prosecutors failed to state what that felony was. The clear suggestion of the affidavit was that the "malicious" interference with the telephone system was to wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu's office. Second, if this was a conspiracy to wiretap, one would have expected a reference to electronic surveillance equipment found at the scene.

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