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ACORN Committed No Crime: Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes

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Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has determined that the ACORN Brooklyn office broke no laws when it was caught in James O’Keefe’s sting operation last year.

In a statement, Hynes says, “On September 15, 2009, my office began an investigation into possible criminality on the part of three ACORN employees.” The Associated Press reports that “two ACORN employees who were recorded handling the couple’s case in Brooklyn were fired.”

Hynes’ statement goes on to say “The three had been secretly videotaped by two people posing as a pimp and prostitute, who came to ACORN’S Brooklyn office, seeking advice about how to purchase a house with money generated by their ‘business.’ The ‘couple’ later made the recording public. That investigation is now concluded and no criminality has been found.”

Though no criminal charges were filed, the videos of ACORN offices in Brooklyn, Baltimore, and several other cities — made by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles — have wreaked havoc on the organization. Nationally, it has lost millions in aid from various local, states and federal government sources. The U.S. Census ended its partnership with the organization.

In Brooklyn, the former Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is now known as “New York Communities for Change.”