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Law & Order Spurs Girl to Report Abuse; Man Arrested

12-year-old told her mom she'd been touched inappropriately

(Newser) - The case is a little murky, but a prominent Maryland businessman is under arrest almost a year after he emailed his nanny/housekeeper a photo of her 11-year-old daughter in underwear changing into a shirt. The mom reported the photo to Robert Shapiro's wife, reports WJLA , and the couple began... More »

Wife Sues Husband Over Hidden Camera Snooping

Court battle raises privacy questions

(Newser) - How well do you really know your spouse? Are you completely sure he or she hasn't been recording your every move with a hidden camera for months? Because that's what Joseph Zang did to his wife, Catherine, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Catherine found out about the recordings during... More »

Meet Lila Rose, Behind Planned Parenthood Sting

Founder of Live Action is an anti-abortion activist on a mission

(Newser) - The woman behind the Planned Parenthood sting that resulted in an employee getting fired is a 22-year-old anti-abortion activist named Lila Rose. She's made headlines before , but nothing to this extent, and it's a safe bet we'll be hearing more from the founder of the group Live Action, writes Libby... More »

Erin Andrews' Peeping Tom to Plead Guilty

Michael Barrett faces 5 years in prison, $250K fine

(Newser) - The man charged with snooping on ESPN's Erin Andrews and trying to sell the nude footage has agreed to plead guilty. Michael Barrett, 48, faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for interstate stalking, reports the Chicago Tribune . "He does accept full responsibility for his conduct,... More »

Stingers Release Philly ACORN Video

Says it proves ACORN lied about incident

(Newser) - The ACORN stingers have released another video, this time of their visit to the Philadelphia location—where, ACORN has until now insisted, they were kicked out. In the new, edited video, James O’Keefe says they weren’t kicked out, but instead sat for more than half an hour with... More »

ACORN Chief Blames Everyone But ACORN

Bertha Lewis not contrite enough for Dana Milbank

(Newser) - ACORN chief Bertha Lewis wasn’t in the mood to apologize at the National Press Club yesterday. For anything. Not for the internal ACORN review showing that $5 million had been embezzled from the group, rather than the previously alleged $1 million (“This is speculation, completely false”), not... More »

FBI Arrests Erin Andrews' Alleged Peeping Tom

(Newser) - It looks like Erin Andrews' peeping tom has been caught. FBI agents arrested a Chicago man at O'Hare airport last night and accused him of making nude videos of the ESPN reporter after altering peepholes in two hotel rooms. He tried to sell them to TMZ, then posted clips online,... More »

ACORN Video Sting a Lesson in New Journalism

(Newser) - Andrew Breitbart may have an ideological ax to grind, but so what? The undercover ACORN videos he's posted illustrate a significant strength of 21st-century American journalism, writes Jack Shafer: "It will accept contributions from everybody from amateurs to entertainers (I'm looking at you, Jon Stewart) to gadflies to billionaires... More »

ACORN Sues Creators of Sting Video

Recordings made without two-party consent, group says

(Newser) - ACORN is suing the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed employees of its Baltimore office giving tax advice to a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute. The liberal group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland requires two-party consent to... More »

ACORN Sting Raises Media Ethics Questions

Hidden video subterfuge made news, but where was the reality check?

(Newser) - “You've got to give James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles credit for abundant chutzpah and guile,” writes James Rainey in the Los Angeles Times. The pair’s hidden camera ACORN takedown “likely will do for guerrilla video what Ashton Kutcher did for Twitter—popularize and expand the form.... More »

ACORN Takedown Campaign Overblown, Misguided

The actions of a half-dozen employees doesn't represent the huge organization

(Newser) - The conservative campaign against ACORN—which has now, thanks to a few video “sting” operations, lost its federal funding—is built on an outrageous set of exaggerations and falsehoods, writes Joe Conason for Salon. “No doubt it was fun to dupe a few morons into providing tax advice... More »

ACORN Sting Duo Says Nobody Put Them Up to It

Call themselves 'concerned citizens'

(Newser) - James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles say there's no conservative conspiracy behind their decision to dress up as a pimp and prostitute and walk into ACORN offices with a hidden camera. They’re just a pair of concerned citizens, who’ve managed to wound the mighty activist group on a... More »

US Census Bureau Axes Community Group ACORN

Group called 'distraction' after sting catches employees advising prostitute

(Newser) - The US Census Bureau will not allow community-organizing group ACORN to participate in next year’s national census, the Wall Street Journal reports tonight. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is a “distraction,” Census director Robert Groves writes, after members of its Baltimore and Washington offices... More »

ACORN Fires Staffers Over Prostitute Sting Video

Hidden camera catches employees advising phony pimp

(Newser) - The Baltimore office of ACORN has fired two staff members who were caught on tape giving advice to a man and a woman posing as a prostitute and a pimp, the Baltimore Sun reports. The video shows the staffers explaining how to evade tax laws, set up a brothel, and... More »

Documentarian Films Through Prosthetic Eye

(Newser) - A one-eyed documentarian is planning a film on privacy shot using a camera implanted in his prosthetic organ, the AP reports. Rob Spence, who plans to become a "human surveillance machine," got the idea when he realized how small his cellphone camera was. His eye muscles will move... More »

Man Discovers Woman Living in His Closet

Hidden camera in kitchen captures squatter

(Newser) - A Japanese man was living with a woman—but he didn't know it. The Fukuoka, Japan, resident busted the squatter after noticing food disappearing from his kitchen and setting up a hidden camera, Reuters reports. He called police after the camera sent his phone pictures of the woman eating. Cops... More »

New Cell Service Warns of Speed Traps

Trapster helps motorists avoid tickets

(Newser) - Motorists intent on avoiding tickets can now rely on a mobile phone service designed to warn them about radar traps and red-light cameras, the AP reports. Called Trapster, the service uses wireless Internet or a phone’s GPS capabilities to determine location, and gives users an alert if they are... More »

Police Question Holloway Suspect Again

Van der Sloot says he was stoned during taped confession

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot, the elusive top suspect in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance, told Dutch police he was stoned when he confessed to a reporter that he was involved in her death, reports ABC News. Police picked him up for questioning after the apparent confession was caught on a hidden... More »

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