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Did David Corn Break the Law?
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/11/2013 3:11:37 PM

David Corn, the Mother Jones writer who released the "secret tape" of a Mitch McConnell campaign meeting, might have broken the law by publishing information that appears to have been obtained illegally, according to sources. Asked about how the tape was obtained yesterday on TV, Corn said, "We did not make the tape. We were provided the tape. And that it is our understanding that the tape was not part of any Watergate style bugging operation, as Mitch McConnell has claimed it to be." But as details trickle out, it seems Corn might not have been particularly forthright about the tactics used.

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I certainly hope so! I´ve despised him for years.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StuckInNJ, 4/11/2013 3:13:21 PM     (No. 9270875)

Doesn´t matter. Laws don´t apply to Democrats.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: droopydog, 4/11/2013 3:16:02 PM     (No. 9270878)

He´s got immunity.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Alecto2, 4/11/2013 3:31:31 PM     (No. 9270886)

Time to start fighting fire with napalm not soggy noodles.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: nonsense, 4/11/2013 3:32:03 PM     (No. 9270887)

If he works for a group with the name Progressive, of course he did. The Left knows no boundaries, and follows no rules. They are as vicious as the day is long in their pursuit of the "truth", but are bullies and cowards when it is time for them to be responsible. I detest the American Left.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bpl40, 4/11/2013 3:32:21 PM     (No. 9270888)

Did Dan Rather break the law? These guys don´y care. All´s fair.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lakerman1, 4/11/2013 3:33:30 PM     (No. 9270889)

One of the nastiest parts of this president´s legacy will be the ´organizing for´ outfits that his Chicago stooges will be setting up.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/11/2013 3:34:06 PM     (No. 9270890)

Favor hanging, drawing, and quartering. And milling.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MattMusson, 4/11/2013 3:44:29 PM     (No. 9270903)

Only if he gave the tape to the Nixon Whitehouse. Otherwise, in the historic words of Hillary Clinton - "What difference does it make?"

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Merlin251, 4/11/2013 4:21:45 PM     (No. 9270941)

I do believe that Mr. Korn is guilty of being an accessory after the fact to a felony.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: rmsimms, 4/11/2013 4:26:15 PM     (No. 9270948)

If it´s actionable, McConnell could sue Korn and his lawyers could have a field day with discovery. I have no doubt he´s on the list of whatever succeeded Journ-O-List....maybe they could get access to it´s archives.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Libertygal, 4/11/2013 5:25:07 PM     (No. 9271018)

Now that we know more details, like it was obtained in a nefarious manner, and not from someone a party to the conversation - there are several legal hurdles in the prosecution of it.

Firstly, the campaign headquarters was opened to the public. That, in itself, according to Federal Wiretap laws is the first hurdle. No reasonable expectation of privacy when a private place is opened to the public.

Next. When going behind closed doors, in an expectation of having private conversation, use private conversation voices. If the voices are heard from the public hallway, again, no reasonable expectation of privacy.

Lastly. A newspaper or publication is immune if there is a belief that even a publication of illegally obtained recordings will reveal a violation of the law. They covered this angle as well, by claiming the Feds should investigate the use of aides illegally, and claiming proof is on the tape, though McConnel says that is false.

Corn and Mother Jones, and others involved, however, can be sued civilly for invasion of privacy. They would be most wise to pursue that angle.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: judy, 4/11/2013 6:34:26 PM     (No. 9271098)

Oh please, dems never break the law...they´re immune & teflon coated.

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