James O’Keefe confronts his old nemesis — and hilarity ensues

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Conservative filmmaker and activist James O’Keefe confronted the former U.S. attorney who prosecuted him in an amusing new video.

O’Keefe was attempting to give a copy of his bestselling book to his old nemesis Jim Letten, now a dean at Tulane University School of Law. In the book, O’Keefe alleges that Letten’s close ties to Sen. Mary Landrieu and President Barack Obama influenced his decision to prosecute O’Keefe.

In January 2010, James O’Keefe and three men were charged by Letten’s office with malicious intent to damage Landrieu’s office phone systems. O’Keefe was sentenced to three years’ probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,500 fine in what he says was an unjust prosecution.

After not finding Letten at home and offering a book to Letten’s wife, O’Keefe left a message on Letten’s office voicemail asking to meet with Letten as a prospective law student. O’Keefe has completed one year of law school.

When O’Keefe arrived at Tulane University he was greeted by campus police. Letten, who had been waiting for O’Keefe, then launched into a tirade.


“Listen to me,” Letten said. “Listen to me, hobbits, okay? Listen to me. Listen to me. Pay attention to me. Listen to me. You went to my house. You terrorized my wife. You are violating federal law. You are violating state law. You’re trespassing. You’re a nasty, little cowardly spud. All of you. You’re hobbits. You are less than I could ever tell you. You are scum.”

“Don’t ever, don’t ever, ever get close to my family again,” Letten continued. “Do you understand? Do you understand? I didn’t prosecute your case, asshole! I recused. I recused. I recused…I recused from your case…Listen to me. Listen to me. Listen to me. You violating federal law. You spend your life as a snail. You do weird little political things. You’re a horse’s ass.”

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Charles C. Johnson