OFFICE OF THE STATE’S ATTORNEY
208 THE CLARENCE M. MITCHELL, JR. COURTHOUSE
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21202
Patricia C. Jessamy Phone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Information Contact: Margaret T. Burns
Chief, Communications & Governmental Affairs
Office (443) 984-1121 or Cell (443) 474-7479
Joseph Sviatko, Deputy Chief, Communications
Office (443) 984-1122 or Cell (410) 790-3248
STATEMENT OF STATE’S ATTORNEYS OFFICE FOR BALTIMORE CITY RELATIVE TO THE ALLEGED BALTIMORE ACORN INCIDENT
Baltimore, MD – September 11, 2009 – We have received inquiries from citizens and the media asking whether the Baltimore City State’s Attorneys Office would initiate a criminal investigation for acts allegedly committed at ACORN offices located in Baltimore. The only information received in reference to this alleged criminal behavior was a YouTube video. Upon review by this office, the video appears to be incomplete. In addition, the audio portion could possibly have been obtained in violation of Maryland Law, Annotated Code of Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article §10-402, which requires two party consent.
If it is determined that the audio portion now being heard on YouTube was illegally obtained, it is also illegal under Maryland Law to willfully use or willfully disclose the content of said audio. The penalty for the unlawful interception, disclosure or use of it is a felony punishable up to 5 years.