Charges surrounding O'Keefe's arrest (see also) have been reduced. O'Keefe appears to have been fully vindicated in that he did not try to tap any phone. It begs some questions about why the original allegations were made, but the answer seems to be pretty clear cut; attempted political character assassination in the fruitless hope of helping ACORN.
"Federal prosecutors filed reduced charges Friday against conservative activist James O'Keefe and three others who were accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office.
The new charges are contained in a bill of information, which typically signals a plea deal. The new filing charges the four with entering a federal building under false pretenses, a misdemeanor. They had been arrested Jan. 25 on felony charges.
O'Keefe, a videographer famous for wearing a pimp costume in a stunt that embarrassed the ACORN community organizing group, has said the group was trying to investigate complaints that constituents calling Landrieu's office couldn't get through to criticize her support of a health care reform bill."