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La. judge denies O'Keefe permission to travel

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Posted: May 25, 2011 10:30 AM
Updated: May 25, 2011 10:30 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, james o'keefe, politics, probation, travel, mary landrieu, wbrz, louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate in New Orleans has refused to let conservative activist James O'Keefe make several trips outside New Jersey while he's on probation for a case in which he was accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.

Last week, O'Keefe asked for permission from Magistrate Daniel Knowles III to attend a conference in Washington, travel to Charleston, S.C., and Baltimore for paid speeches and make several personal trips to Maryland.

Knowles denied that request Monday without explanation.

O'Keefe and three others pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor charges of entering federal property under false pretenses. Although the FBI initially accused them of trying to tamper with Landrieu's phones, O'Keefe said they were looking into complaints that constituents calling Landrieu's office couldn't get through.

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