House Majority Leader Eric Cantor claims to be afraid of the crowds at Occupy Wall Street, and maybe he has a point. After all, several witnesses at the event spotted a convicted criminal moving freely through the crowd. That's the guy, the one in the picture above--ugh! What an ugly mugshot, sort of a cross between a rat and a ferret. Everyone needs to keeps their eyes open, because with criminals like this guy floating around there's no telling what might happen at OWS. How was it that a convicted criminal was able to walk around the OWS event without police interfering with him? Apparently he got permission from his probation officer.
A thought occurred to us when we saw reports this afternoon that conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe visited the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City on Monday: isn't that dude still on probation?Then again maybe this creep didn't have permission and he'll have to serve some jail time after all. That would probably be for the best: we don't want mobs of criminals like this guy taking over our streets. Better to leave our streets to peaceful demonstrators.
So we looked into it, and according to court records, a judge never approved his trip across the Hudson River and out of the state of New Jersey, where he lives with his parents. A judge has regularly approved all of his trips since he pleaded guilty to entering U.S. property under false pretenses back in May 2010 and received three years probation.
Ryan Girdusky, a spokesman for O'Keefe told TPM that O'Keefe got permission to make the trip from his probation officer. O'Keefe's lawyer did not immediately respond to a call and an email, and O'Keefe didn't immediately reply to a tweet asking for clarification. We'll update if we hear back.