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Maryland criminal law prohibits surreptitious one-party recordings and using such recordings for tortuous or criminal purposes. In the summer of 2009, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles illegally recorded the conversations of two employees of the Baltimore ACORN office based on a ruse, and then edited those recordings for publication on Breitbart's website with misleading and simply false commentary accusing ACORN and its employees of engaging in illegal activity.
The uproar caused by the edited recordings harmed ACORN, resulted in loss of funding, investigations and eventual bankruptcy. Those investigations by two attorney generals, the GAO and the House Judiciary Committee all determined that ACORN did not act in the manner portrayed in the edited recordings. The Attorney General of California, in order to get to the truth, granted O'Keefe and Giles immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for the full unedited recordings of their recordings in California. Attorney General Jerry Brown said, in finding that the tapes presented a false portrayal of ACORN: "The evidence illustrates that things are not always as partisan zealots portray them through highly selective editing of reality, Sometimes a fuller truth is found on the cutting room floor."
O'Keefe, Giles and Breitbart conspired to and did commit crimes in Maryland which harmed citizens and ACORN in Maryland. This campaign calls for them to be held accountable.