O’Keefe Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor in Landrieu Phone Case
By Leah Nylen | May 26, 2010 1:04 pm

James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker, and three other activists pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges that they entered the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) under false pretenses, the Associated Press reported.

O’Keefe entered the plea in federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana and was sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine.

Robert Flanagan, Joseph Basel and Stan Dai were also charged in the case. All three also entered guilty pleas Wednesday and were sentenced to two years probation, 75 hours of community service and $1,500 fines. Flanagan is the son of William J. Flanagan, the acting head of the Western District of Lousiana U.S. Attorney’s office in Shreveport.

According to a January affidavit from when the group was arrested, Flanagan and an accomplice entered Landrieu’s New Orleans office and said that they were repair technicians from the telephone company and needed to fix problems with the phone system. O’Keefe was stationed inside the reception area and was holding a phone to record Flanagan and Basel talking to Landrieu staffers. The affidavit says they tried manipulated the telephone system at the reception desk and then went to another office in the building to access the main telephone system. The group was arrested and charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony.

Those charges were later downgraded to misdemeanors.

O’Keefe was in the news last year for his part in making secret videos in several offices of the community organizing group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).

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