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ACORN Sues Creators of Sting Video

Recordings made without two-party consent, group says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2009 6:21 PM CDT
ACORN Sues Creators of Sting Video
This image made from undated hidden-camera shows Hannah Giles posing as a prostitute.   (AP Photo/

ACORN is suing the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed employees of its Baltimore office giving tax advice to a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute. The liberal group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland requires two-party consent to create sound recordings.

The two employees seen in the video, Tonja Thompson and Shera Williams, were fired after it was posted online. The lawsuit says they suffered "extreme emotional distress." The multimillion-dollar lawsuit seeks damages from the actors, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, and from conservative columnist Andrew Breitbart, who posted the video, and others like it, on his website. (More Acorn stories.)

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