Despite Busefink’s plea, ACORN’s trial is expected to proceed as scheduled on Nov. 29 in Las Vegas. Prosecutor Conrad Hafen, who is the state’s chief deputy state attorney general, previously said neither bankruptcy nor dissolution would “necessarily protect (ACORN) from prosecution” in Nevada.
Hafen could not be reached immediately for comment.
If ACORN is convicted it would cause an earthquake in leftist organizing circles across America and might embolden more prosecutors to take on ACORN and similar groups. Until it was charged by Nevada last year, ACORN had frequently boasted about how it –as opposed to its employees— had been able to duck prosecution for election fraud-related offenses.
Matthew Vadum is a senior editor at Capital Research Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank that studies the politics of philanthropy.