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An interesting tidbit came to mind following conservative activist James O'Keefe's arrest for allegedly participating in an attempt to tamper with phones at the New Orleans offices of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Let's go back a few months: After O'Keefe released a video of ACORN workers in Baltimore that was recorded without the workers' consent, some observers suggested that he and fellow activist Hannah Giles could face criminal charges for violating a Maryland law that requires the consent of every party to a phone call or conversation in order to make the recording lawful. When Fox News' Glenn Beck asked O'Keefe about such a possibility, O'Keefe replied that he was "willing to serve prison time for what I've found."
From the September 15, 2009, edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:
BECK: Are you concerned at all? Baltimore is coming after you. They're not even coming after the corruption here. They're coming after you and Hannah. And they're saying that you could go to prison for five years for taping these people in Baltimore.
O'KEEFE: I'm not concerned. I don't think -- I think it's not in their interest to come after me. And if they -- and if -- I'm willing to serve prison time for what I've found.
BECK: You worry about going to jail at all?