ACORN May Face Trial for First Time as Nevada Prosecutors Allege ‘Widespread’ Criminal Policies
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
By Eric Shawn
Aug. 17: ACORN staffer Tresa Kaelke advises a ‘pimp’ and ‘prostitute’ during an undercover taping by two filmmakers.
LAS VEGAS — When ACORN took to Las Vegas and started playing “Blackjack” and “21,” the activist group was making a far bigger gamble than it ever guessed, according to Nevada prosecutors.
There’s nothing wrong with playing the tables in Vegas, but authorities say ACORN was using the names of those casino games as a cover to illegally pay workers to sign up voters as part of an illegal quota system.
A preliminary hearing Tuesday in the downtown Clark County courthouse has put ACORN on trial for the first time as a criminal defendant.
Until now, prosecutions for voter registration fraud have focused on ACORN workers, and authorities have secured guilty pleas from several who admitted to falsifying