By Brad Friedman on 5/26/2010, 11:46am PT  

As Republican dirty trickster, and now convicted federal criminal, James O'Keefe is neither Middle-Eastern nor a member of the Democratic Party, he was allowed to plead guilty to just a misdemeanor today for leading a conspiracy of criminals --- one of whom happened to be the son of the acting U.S. Attorney in Louisiana --- in an attempt to tamper with the telephone system of a sitting U.S. Senator in her federal office in New Orleans, before being sentenced accordingly this morning by a federal magistrate:

Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe and three compatriots today pleaded guilty to entering real property belonging to the United States under false pretenses for the January incident in which they entered Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office and claimed to be from the telephone company, the Times-Picayune reports.

O'Keefe was sentenced to three years of probation, a fine of $1,500 and 100 hours of community service. The others --- Stan Dai, Joseph Basel, and Robert Flanagan --- got the same fine, two years of probation, and 75 hours of community service.

Previous coverage by The BRAD BLOG of this hopefully-now-completed story included:

Of course, as a corollary to O'Keefe's arrest in New Orleans in late January, The BRAD BLOG was compelled to run a long series of investigative reports on how the media (perhaps mostly notably, the New York Times) had irresponsibly misreported on the hoax that had made O'Keefe famous in the first place --- his phony ACORN 'pimp' videos.

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UPDATE: Matt Osborne of reminds us today of a video that he put together in response to the early weeks of our exposé of the O'Keefe/Breitbart ACORN Pimp Hoax...

As Matt writes to us about his visceral video response today:

"Riddance" is an indictment. The ACORN "scandal" was nothing less than a high-tech lynching of an uppity black organization. Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe may escape the justice of the courts, but they cannot evade me. The music is loud, angry, and modern because it has to be; the truth is nowhere near as contagious as the lie, and that's a damned shame.

As readers of The BRAD BLOG will likely recall, none of the ACORN employees seen in any of O'Keefe's secretly-taped hit videos was ever found guilty of, or even charged with, any crimes. Investigations of the videos by the Brooklyn D.A., by the California A.G., by the former Massachusetts A.G. [PDF] and by the Congressional Research Service at the behest of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, all failed to find any criminality in any of them --- other than by O'Keefe for violating the law in several states by secretly taping the unsuspecting employees.

Nonetheless, continuous misreporting about the heavily-edited hit videos, the latest step in the GOP's years-long campaign against ACORN --- a four-decade old anti-poverty, pro-democracy community organization --- ultimately succeeded in damaging their reputation and fund-raising ability to the point that they were forced to close the doors of local offices in dozens of communities around the nation.

Though clearly O'Keefe "won" in his despicable political/partisan jihad against ACORN, and escaped personal accountability in his New Orleans scam, he still is --- as we're reminded again in song by Benedict Arnold and the Traitors --- a "Loser"...

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