Thursday, May 27, 2010

Phone Pranksters Plead Out

James O’Keefe, the right-wing merry prankster who first achieved his fame by dressing up like a 1970’s blacksploitation pimp to pawn ACORN, and his pals copped a plea.

The four defendants who were arrested in January in Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs federal complex in New Orleans pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in federal court to entering real property belonging to the United States under false pretenses.

Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles III sentenced Stan Dai, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan each to two years probation, a fine of $1,500 and 75 hours of community service during their first year of probation.

James O’Keefe, as leader of the group and famous for posing as a pimp in ACORN office videos, received three years of probation, a fine of $1,500 and 100 hours of community service.

Isn’t this how Karl Rove got started?