From Our Friends at the Baltimore Reporter: Dumpster Diving


By Brujo Blanco

There is a time honored investigative technique known as dumpster diving. This involves going through someone’s garbage to look for evidence of wrongdoing. The legal concept of dumpster diving is that garbage is something that the owner freely abandoned. In the garbage the police (or private detectives) may find drugs, financial records, body parts, illegal weapons, and personal correspondence. When one throws something in the garbage it is gone and free for anyone to discover. There are some restrictions in that one may not trespass on private property to obtain the evidence. This is all very logical except is one is a democrat or a liberal then it depends on the political proclivities of the person abandoning the property/garbage.

Recently the mother load of evidence regarding ACORN wrongdoing was discovered in the garbage. Now the ACORN supporters and other liberal weenies and claiming an invasion of privacy. I wonder specifically whose privacy. If you want to keep something private shred it before you throw it away.

One can surrender one’s privacy by doing things in public such as throwing contraband into the garbage. In the ACORN case the garbage was apparently located in a public place which was a dumpster behind an ACORN office.

Apparently, at least

some of this evidence pertains to the ACORN recent videos that we conservatives and others that want to know the truth have come to know and love. There is evidence that they were preparing ACORN employees to provide story lines for misbehavior to official investigators.

Here is a short article to explain the events to you:

ACORN Document Dump: Trashed Documents Are Relevant to Investigation Posted By Publius On November 27, 2009 @ 2:18 pm In ACORN, Justice/Legal, News, Politics | 285


you heard the one about the pimp, prostitute, politician and the community organizer? Well, thanks to San Diego private investigator Derrick Roach, Californians are not laughing at what is turning into a political nightmare for California Attorney General Jerry Brown and ACORN. On Tuesday, November 24, Attorney General Brown appeared on KABC’s “Peter Tilden Show” [1] after it was revealed that some 20,000 documents had been thrown into a National City dumpster by ACORN employees.

BRUJO SAYS:  Apparently, the garbage/evidence was abandoned in a dumpster in a public area.


documents were thrown out in advance of state investigators arriving at the local ACORN office to conduct an investigation resulting from national media attention. ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera was videotaped giving advice to two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute regarding underage prostitution and human smuggling. Without admitting any wrongdoing ACORN terminated Mr. Vera, or so they said.

Documents provided to show that Mr. Vera was not terminated but was simply laid off, implying that Mr. Vera is also eligible for rehire. (The document also notes that Mr. Vera was laid off due to “restructuring” related to “videotaping incident.)

BRUJO SAYS: Telling paragraph. No guilty behavior? I believe that this does establish guilty knowledge of criminal activity. I suspect that this Mr. Vera is also receiving a pay check while he is on “sabbatical.”


documents provided to show that in the wake of the national scandal involving underage prostitution and human smuggling, ACORN employees were communicating with media, law enforcement and internally among ACORN offices as to how to develop a storyline that could explain the undercover videos taken of Mr. Vera. One of those documents with San Diego television station 10News is shown below:

BRUJO SAYS:  Develop a storyline?  Sounds like lying to me.


a result of the undercover videos surfacing and the national media attention that followed, internal documents that were thrown in the trash and recovered by Derrick Roach reveal that ACORN was well aware that personal information for individuals who have applied for services and individuals on so-called “yes lists” needed to be secured under lock and key.

BRUJO SAYS: I wonder if there is any personal information such as personal identifiers and personal financial information found in the dumpster. Is there official information in the dumpster that may have caused damage to innocent individuals if released? More and more negative information surfaces about ACORN. This organization has created a compartmentated operation similar to a rat maze. It is made up of many subordinate organizations under different names.

Ironically, the only part of this tumultuous episode that may in fact be a joke is that California Attorney General Jerry Brown is running for governor, again. At age 71, California’s top cop and erstwhile Gov. Moonbeam might benefit from a refresher course in current law. Attorney General Brown cited a case from the 1960’s where items placed in the garbage were considered private; however, in 1988 the United States Supreme Court ruled in a case, California v.

Greenwood, 486 U.S. 35 (1988), [2] that there was no expectation of privacy when items are thrown in the garbage since it is common knowledge that plastic garbage bags are readily accessible to animals, children, scavengers, snoops, and other members of the public. As for the local National City ordinance prohibiting scavenging through garbage that the ACORN office and its supporters cite, that law was enacted in 1984 and was nullified by the United States Supreme Court ruling just four years later.

BRUJO SAYS: Jerry Brown really

needs to bone up on the law. If you throw contraband out your car window and it is retrieved you can not claim that your privacy was violated when someone finds that contraband and connects it to you.

This paragraph sums up the legal issues. Brown, like other liberals, is going to come to the aid of ACORN. I suspect that ACORN knows were a few of the bodies are buried and will use it to defend ACORN. It is really a tragedy that this organization which is a highly partisan Democrat organization is provided with government funds some of which is used to support a particular party. I also suspect that there are a number of people that are being enriched by these funds. My main problem with this organization is that they are involved in voter fraud which is no doubt being funded by the taxpayer under the title voter registration. Now ACORN is claiming that they have a right to that money. Since when does a non-governmental agency of any kind have a right to money from the government. I guess if you want an answer ask a liberal.


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