Monday, February 1, 2010

Breitbart: Prosecutor ignored James O'Keefe's rights; made case first to media

Tonight, conservative filmaker James O'Keefe, recently arrested at the New Orleans office of Senator Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landrieu, will tell his side of the story on the Sean Hannity Show on Fox News Channel.  It should be an interesting show.

Today Andrew Breitbart told Fox News that O'Keefe was framed by the media and the U.S. Attorney's office:

"James O'Keefe sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney, while the U.S. attorney leaked the information about his arrest, helping the media frame it as 'Watergate Junior,'" Breitbart said.

"The panty bomber on Christmas was given -- you know, this guy's from Al Qaeda, and he's not even an American citizen, and he's given access to an attorney right away. I believe that this was a concerted effort, this is just my opinion, to allow for the media to frame the issue to put James O'Keefe in a very bad position."

Breitbart said he though the U.S. attorney's effort was part of a payback scheme against O'Keefe, who posed as a pimp and prostitute with another citizen journalist to enter ACORN offices around the country and get advice on how to apply for federal housing grants for a brothel.

"It's tied to the Justice Department. And we've been very aggressive in asking (Attorney General) Eric Holder to investigate what's seen on these ACORN tapes and he's ignored it," Breitbart said of the media ploy.

Jan Maselli Mann, the first assistant U.S. district attorney for the eastern district of New Orleans, declined to talk about specifics of the case, but said there were are no ulterior motives with their case.

"We don't try cases in the press," Mann told "The U.S. Attorney's Office is motivated by nothing more than what we believe is to mandate and enforce the existing laws that were put in place to ensure the safety and security of federal buildings."
You may recall that ACORN was founded in New Orleans by Wade Rathke.  The Louisiana chapter of ACORN has a history of corruption, embezzlement and phony voter registration.  Despite Ms. Mann's statement to the contrary, this case definitely was kicked off with a media trial of Mr. O'Keefe in the press.  It is also worth noting that the Louisiana Lieutenant Governor is Mary Landrieu's brother.  Her youngest brother, Maurice is a U.S. Attorney in the Eastern Louisiana District Court in New Orleans (and works with Ms. Mann).  Senator Landrieu also has a sister, Madeleine, who serves as a civil district court judge.

I'm sure Hannity will have more tonight, 9 ET/8 CT on Fox News Channel.  Don't miss it.

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