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View Diary: James O'Keefe could land allies in prison for voter fraud stunt (223 comments)

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  •  In addition to the above observations ... (8+ / 0-)

    ... that perhaps O'Keefe and his co-conspirators may have committed felonies, I'm wondering if perhaps the families of the deceased persons whose names were used, and the names and details of whom were included as text in O'Keefe's video, may have a civil case for identity theft for the purpose of committing a felony.  I think they may have damages in that the names and details of their loved ones are being used in the commission of a crime and in a film of that crime that is being made available to the entire world by the perpetrators of that crime.  Of course I'm not a lawyer; but if a case could be made, well then it seems worth considering.

    •  The defense would presumably be... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... that the identity theft for the purpose of committing a felony was not done for financial gain but as a political stunt & is therefore protected speech, or something. IANAL either, but it doesn't sound plausible.
      However, what O'Keefe is counting on is "the court of public opinion"---that is, the Vast Right Wing Noise Machine---to preemptively declare his heroic martyrdom and discourage criminal or civil actions.

      "Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous." -- Molly Ivins

      by dumpster on Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 04:32:30 PM PST

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