California Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) appears to have defused a potentially troublesome legal matter ahead of the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Brown decided not to prosecute ACORN or conservative filmmakers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles after a video taping scandal.
The filmmakers sparked an investigation after they posed as a pimp and prostitute while secretly taping some of ACORN's California employees as they "sought advice on how to smuggle Mexican girls across the border as prostitutes," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Brown, the expected Democratic nominee for governor, "found himself between the 40-year-old organization that has long been a favorite among his liberal voting base and conservatives who consider O'Keefe and Giles heroes for exposing ACORN."
He granted the filmmakers immunity in exchange for their full, unedited videotapes of their
encounters with the group's staff. And his office's investigation of ACORN concluded the group did not violate state criminal laws in their consversations.
Brown noted that after viewing the unedited tapes "the evidence illustrates, that things are not always as partisan zealots portray them through highly selective editing of reality. Sometimes a fuller truth is found on the cutting room floor."
Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who is running as a GOP candidate for governor, said: "I'm no lawyer, but videotapes of ACORN assisting a proposed prostitution ring seems pretty illegal to me. We're not surprised that at the end of the day, Jerry Brown turns a blind eye to these wrongdoings."