Judge Smacks Down O’Keefe for Hackery

A judge in Texas has dismissed a lawsuit that was based entirely on one of frat boy documentary filmmaker James O’Keefe’s highly dishonest undercover videos. Two special prosecutors the judge appointed to investigate the case called O’Keefe’s claims “little more than a canard and political disinformation.”

In February, O’Keefe and his Project Veritas group released a video investigation of progressive organization Battleground Texas. In the video, O’Keefe accuses the group, which he labels “the new ACORN,” of using “potentially illegal methods to change elections.” The allegation hinged on O’Keefe repeatedly pointing to a part of the Texas Election Code, which states that “the registrar may not transcribe, copy, or otherwise record a telephone number furnished on a registration application.”

An organizer from Battleground Texas — which has worked to register voters in the state — says in the video that the group has taken phone numbers from the applications, which they will use to reach out to people and encourage them to vote closer to the election. A quote from Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry’s office included in the video suggests that the Battleground Texas organizers may in fact have been in violation of the law.

Following outrage from Republican officials, complaints were filed with the secretary of state’s office about the claims from the video. A Texas judge eventually appointed two special prosecutors — one of whom isreportedly a Republican — to investigate the allegations.

On Friday, the special prosecutors released a report recommending the case’s dismissal, which a judge granted. As first reported by Texas blog Burnt Orange Report, the recommendation for dismissal from the special prosecutors is withering, attacking, among other things, “unprofessional” aspects of O’Keefe’s video.

According to the prosecutors, the language about copying telephone numbers from registration applications “applies only to the official county registrar, not to a volunteer deputy registrar.” Further, they conclude that “three recent attorney general opinions hold that one’s telephone number on a voter registration is not confidential information.”

After labeling the Veritas video “little more than a canard and political disinformation,” the prosecutors recommend that the complaint “be dismissed for insufficient evidence and failure to state an offense.” San Antonio Judge Raymond Angelini subsequently signed an order dismissing the complaint.

And yet another spectacular failure for O’Keefe, which sadly won’t matter a bit for those who only get their news from inside the right wing echo chamber. They’ll still fall for his next dishonestly edited video and the lies that go with it.

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  • Artor

    With a name like O’Keefe, you know it’s gotta be wrong.

  • psweet

    Even Georgia O’Keefe?

  • John Pieret

    More like: With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good bad.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    LIBERALACTIVIST COURT!

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    According to the prosecutors, the language about copying telephone numbers from registration applications “applies only to the official county registrar, not to a volunteer deputy registrar.”

    I had immediately figured that out four paragraphs up. This is the problem with O’Keefe. His shit isn’t just wrong, which would be forgivable at least on occasion, it’s so obviously wrong that willful deceit is the only explanation. Not one of his stunts has ever turned out differently, where there was actually good reason to scream fraud.

  • eamick

    Even Georgia O’Keefe?

    She spelled it O’Keeffe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Someone needs to hang that little twerp on a coat hook by the elastic of his underwear. Why is anyone paying attention to him still? How many times does he have to be exposed as a fraud before we learn to just ignore him?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    d.c.wilson “Someone needs to hang that little twerp on a coat hook by the elastic of his underwear. Why is anyone paying attention to him still? How many times does he have to be exposed as a fraud before we learn to just ignore him?”

    Because Planned Parenthood, ACORN, NPR, New Jersey Teachers’ Union, Medicaid. Fraud hurts people. His especially.

  • birgerjohansson

    Area Man

    “willful deceit”

    .

    So let’s make an OKeefe “documentary”. One where he is interviewed on his views on islam, quran burning in particular. Encourage him to make a Muhammed cartoon (and then place it next to other, much worse cartoons). With a bit of creative editing he will be forced to go underground for the next couple of decades.

  • caseloweraz

    In the video, O’Keefe accuses the group, which he labels “the new ACORN,” of using “potentially illegal methods to change elections.”

    “Potentially illegal”? Is this protection against defamation suits? Or did he slip and make a veiled reference to Republican plans for voter suppression?