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Lawyer: Phone scam meant to embarrass Senator

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Posted: Jan 28, 2010 2:31 PM by Brian Waldrep
Updated: Jan 28, 2010 2:42 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Phone, Scam, Landrieu

A lawyer for one of four conservative activists accused of tampering with phones in U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office, says they hoped to embarrass her over claims her staff ignored
calls critical of her stance on health care reform.

J. Garrison Jordan is an attorney for suspect Robert Flanagan.

He denies the men sought to disable or wiretap the phones in Sen. Landrieu's office.
Jordan said they were trying to document allegations that Landrieu's staff has been ignoring phone calls about the Democratic senator's health care position.

Among those arrested Monday was 25-year-old James O'Keefe. He gained notoriety last year with hidden-camera videos showing him dressed as a pimp and exposing irregularities in offices of the
liberal community-organizing group ACORN.

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