Debra J. Saunders

Brown's office responded that it would investigate both ACORN and "the circumstances under which ACORN employees were videotaped."

How are the ACORN tapings worse than Gerber's? AG spokesperson Christine Gasparac replied, "We can't compare the two because the ACORN investigation is ongoing."

Now, I don't want to see Gerber go to jail or financially ruined -- whether he was a rogue operator or a follower. That said, Gerber showed little concern for two kids who should not have taped conversations on the sly -- indeed, they were wrong to lie to ACORN -- but also don't belong in jail.

Before he got caught, Gerber trumpeted, "We're going to look at the tapes, we're going to follow the facts without fear or favor and we're going to see where it takes us." Now the AG's office sees where it took them.

Debra J. Saunders

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