One of the ACORN Employees Caught in Those 2009 Video Stings Has Won $100,000 in Damages

James O’Keefe takes part in a press conference at the National Press Club on October 21, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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Matthew Phelan and Liz Farkas scoop the settlement from a legal fight most people had forgotten about. One of the 2009 stings of ACORN offices by journalists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles took place in San Diego. In the resulting tape, an ACORN employee named Juan Carlos Vera appeared to go happily along with the planning of a crime. “Question,” asked O’Keefe in the video. “Would ACORN employee Juan Carlos consult his contacts in Mexico to find a way to help us smuggle the underaged girls into the United States from Tijuana?” A casual viewer would say “uh-huh.”

Juan Carlos Vera sued for $75,000 in damages, arguing that he was taped without consent in violation of state law, and portrayed untruthfully. And as of yesterday, he’s won $100,000 in damages and an apology.

Vera O’Keefe ACORN $100,000 Settlement Agreement