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5/16/2012

“Richard Head” Demands O’Keefe Emails

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:04 pm

James O’Keefe tweets that a man from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office with the unfortunate name “Richard Head” (I am not making this up!) has demanded O’Keefe’s emails:

Richard Head is the actual name of an actual person at that office. No kidding. Here is his letter to Nadia Naffe:

The date on this email was this morning. Which makes you wonder what kind of coordination is going on here between Naffe, her lawyer, and “Richard Head.”

Keep in mind that, by her own account, Naffe took these emails from O’Keefe without his permission — simply because he happened to use her phone to check his email one day. O’Keefe went to court and won an order preventing her from disseminating these ill-gotten emails. And now, for some strange reason, the New Hampshire Attorney General wants them.

Hmmmmmmmm.

There’s a lot more to this story, including the proof that a certain band of harassers have their fingerprints all over Nadia’s legal shenanigans. But that’s another post for another day.

Let’s just say that there’s more than one Richard Head involved in this story.

P.S. According to O’Keefe’s tweet above, the temporary restraining order that prevented Nadia Naffe from disseminating his emails is now permanent. Which is interesting, because Naffe claimed the complete opposite this morning:

She since protected her tweets, but I got that screenshot before she whisked it away from the general public’s view.

Who is telling the truth? I hope to have a definitive answer to that tomorrow morning — but I think you know which way I’d bet.

63 Responses to ““Richard Head” Demands O’Keefe Emails”

  1. Black is white.

    Light is dark.

    War is peace.

    Wrong is right.

    WTF is up with the world these days???

    Teetop (7971ca)

  2. At the very real risk of threadjacking (but this might even be tangentially related).

    Tomorrow morning.

    6:55 a.m.

    My blog.

    A very big story is coming.

    Follow the link and get a sense of how big it is. Trust me, you will want to read it.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  3. Okeefe avoided the felony charge in LA thing right? So I can bet there are some powerful people still gunning for him

    Alex (499093)

  4. Alex is a cowardly lying sock puppeteer, by the way.

    JD (318f81)

  5. America is a much more fascist place than they taught us in school

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  6. JD: really? Give it up dude. Why do you insult me and troll me constantly? Are you touched?

    Alex (ebcb8d)

  7. Are you denying what you did all day today, Alex? Really?!

    JD (318f81)

  8. I didn’t mess w your name, no. Just got home from a gig. Power is out, no diablo 3, using phone while waiting for power…. Whatevs freakazoid….

    Alex (ebcb8d)

  9. Giving Head a bad name, in the surname biz, carrying water for schizos no one would touch with a laser pointer.

    gary gulrud (d88477)

  10. BS, you are such a liar. Projecting again, maybe blacking out? Too bad you weren’t so good at covering your tracks.

    JD (318f81)

  11. Oh man, and I thought MY name was bad!

    Anita Busch (a025dd)

  12. Speaking of names, have we a definitive answer on gender assignments for Alex | Ryan ? They seem androgynous, ambiguous. Does hormone therapy come with?

    gary gulrud (d88477)

  13. Patterico – what are the legal ethics behind demanding information from someone when you know, or should know, about a protective order in place?

    JD (318f81)

  14. Richard Head calls them emails that “relate” to James O’Keefe. Surely if he did due diligence he knows these are private emails of O’Keefe’s that were taken without O’Keefe’s permission. Sure, they relate. That’s quite a euphemism.

    Surely he would have known, had he done basic homework, that there’s a restraining order against sharing them.

    O’Keefe is entitled to an explanation for why the state government would be asking someone to violate a publicly known restraining order. If they really didn’t know about it, then what is New Hampshire paying these people to do all day?

    New Hampshire is acting like it’s entitled to your private emails without any kind of warrant or subpoena, if some goon took them and saved them without your permission. Burdeau v. McDowell shows they can use such material, but I don’t think they should be able to violate a court order against Nadia sharing O’Keefe’s property just to eliminate his privacy and search for something to charge him with.

    If New Hampshire needs O’Keefe’s emails, they should specifically tell a judge what they are looking for, show probable cause, and get a real warrant. If they can’t get a real warrant, why are they doing this?

    Put yourself in O’Keefe’s shoes. Imagine someone was bragging that they saved tons of your private correspondence without your permission. And suddenly a political bureaucrat you disagree with asks them to transfer that over to the state.

    This mess never stops getting weirder or more surreal. When do I wake up?

    Richard, it’s too easy to commit voter fraud in your state. O’Keefe did a public service by exposing how serious this problem is. He didn’t cast any votes. He broadcast the truth to your citizens. Thank him for his service to your state and stop peeping through his window.

    Dustin (330eed)

  15. Anita – Yeah, no kidding. Regardless of his involvement in this or any other case, I feel sorry for what he must have gone through in middle school.

    Robin Munn (67f4b8)

  16. Show of hands. How many here are absolutely kicking themselves that they didn’t dream up, and choose, Richard Head as their handle for commenting on blogs?

    elissa (8973bf)

  17. Like my kids said at the dinner table the other night:

    Who wrote “The Yellow River”?

    How about “Under the Bleachers”?

    Or “The Tiger’s Revenge.”

    Seriously, elissa, I had a friend in college named Tom Collins. No kidding. I asked if he had a sister named Vodka.

    Simon Jester (a51dc4)

  18. I’m just glad we don’t have a Mike Hunt.

    Gazzer (41c2f8)

  19. I am certain element of a permanent injunction prevent nn from sharing emails on or obtained with information left on any device others, …. But am concerned this order might be qualified to permit their dissemination if they are subpoenaed;
    Buta prosecutor or laintiffbshould have n access unless they could have obtained them from okeefe himself.

    I’ll be interested to see the order. I

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  20. Gary

    “Giving Head a bad name”

    I saw what you did there!

    Its sort of similar to why the Monkeys named their movie “Head.” Because they hoped that if it was successful, they could do a second movie and say on the poster “to the guys who gave you Head.”

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  21. Elements, plural. Sorry

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  22. Dang this ipad

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  23. No jokes about Mr. Dick Head?

    AZ Bob (1c9631)

  24. Ummmm…

    Leviticus (870be5)

  25. I wonder if he ws called Harry, or Purple as nicknames.

    JD (318f81)

  26. To all the lawyer types, I know the idea of legal ethics can be an oxymoron, but it is striking tome that someone acting under color of the law and the State could make such a demand of a private citizen, knowing that they were subject, at the very least, to a temporary injunction. Assuming Nadia was a good faithed actor, which we know for a fact to not be the case, how would an honest person reconcile theState making that demand in opposition to the order against the release?

    JD (318f81)

  27. Somewhere in the bowels of the internet I have encountered a Juan Kerr. Do you think that might be a made up handle? :)

    elissa (8973bf)

  28. That is Steve’s cousin?

    JD (318f81)

  29. I’m guessing, just guessing, that Mr. Head provided the letter in anticipation of the court appearance, as much for the judge to see as Nadia….in order to let the judge understand he did indeed want access via Naffe.

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  30. I also think mr head already has them, and did when he wrote the note, but maybe I’m too cynical.

    Sarahw (b0e533)

  31. I suspect that she tweeted that to authenticate a later claim that she misunderstood the ruling. Sadly, she will say, operating under this unfortunate misunderstanding she accidentally disseminated an indexed, cross-referenced and annotated set of the emails in question to 400 newspapers, blogs and political operatives.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  32. Apologies, Sarah. Obviously you are trying to carry on a serious conversation about a genuinely serious subject. But I think you really need to blame Patterico for these juvenile diversions. He’s the one who started with the Richard Head business.

    elissa (8973bf)

  33. Given who Nadia’s vile criminal buddies are, your cynicism is warranted.

    JD (318f81)

  34. 27. Somewhere in the bowels of the internet I have encountered a Juan Kerr. Do you think that might be a made up handle? :)

    Comment by elissa — 5/16/2012 @ 9:06 pm

    Could be, but I dont’ know anyone who’d make it up about themselves.

    When I was in the Navy we made up “cross country” patches to wear on our flight jackets so we could operate under fake names while in Officer club bars away from the home airfield.

    Mine was Clint Taurus.

    Steve (773f84)

  35. I’m guessing, just guessing, that Mr. Head provided the letter in anticipation of the court appearance, as much for the judge to see as Nadia….in order to let the judge understand he did indeed want access via Naffe.

    You mean you think it was a stunt for the hearing, just because it was dated the day of the hearing? Shiver me timbers!

    Patterico (feda6b)

  36. “Mine was Clint Taurus.”

    Steve – I’ve had Dick Smoaker paged in various airports in my younger days.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  37. Richard Soares was a kid in high school. He took a little grief over the years. Makes you wonder what the hell the parents were thinking.

    mg (44de53)

  38. Richard Head… wait, I get it now.

    scrubone (4f0412)

  39. “Richard Head”?

    Good Lord, high school must have been a living hell. Probably explains why he turned out to be such a dick, er, head.

    Major Kong (f4574f)

  40. Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s estranged wife just died under mysterious circumstances. No word yet on whether his last words to her were “Why don’t you go jump in the lake!”

    Icy (2d8439)

  41. Does this office also employ Dick Hertz, Lotta Fagina, Virignia Hamm or Mike Hunt?

    Bugg (6cf7f9)

  42. I’m not sure that someone whose name is “Richard Head” is in position to make demands of anyone !

    Elephant Stone (0ae97d)

  43. Richard Head? Really? I knew a guy named Dick Burns once. He refused to go by Richard. Too funny.

    Peter (37780f)

  44. Figures Richard Head would be i) a lawyer and ii) a prosecutor. Just too funny.

    Bill (cd1593)

  45. #26 for the same reason fat Georgie was charged Trayvon. Prosecutors has no ethics or morals if it can help them get elected for office..

    Bill (cd1593)

  46. 36. “Mine was Clint Taurus.”

    Steve – I’ve had Dick Smoaker paged in various airports in my younger days.

    Comment by daleyrocks — 5/16/2012 @ 11:32 pm

    Yeah, me too. Just sayin,’ it’s not the kind of thing you’d put on your own flight jacket and swagger into a bar wearing.

    At least not when I was in. I have no idea how things are now.

    In my case, I found “Clint Taurus” to be the ideal, piquant double-entendre for the occasion.

    Steve (773f84)

  47. Patterico:

    Keep in mind that, by her own account, Naffe took these emails from O’Keefe without his permission — simply because he happened to use her phone to check his email one day

    That’s not her final, or at least only claim, as can be seen at this website (which can give you an overview of anyone who used Twitter:

    http://twtrland.com/profile/nadianaffe

    One of her tweets quoted there is:

    O’Keefe downloaded his emails onto my computer himself, when we were together in NYC Sept. 2011. Any other suggestion is patently false.

    ~ 2 months ago

    Putting the mouse near gives you:

    Wed Mar 21 05:24:20 +0000 2012

    Sammy Finkelman (8a20da)

  48. There’s a different picture now at http://twitter.com/#!/NadiaNaffe

    …than what twtrland has. The linked to tweets can
    ‘t be seen except by her followers: but one of them is Andrew Breitbart and another is
    @SpeakerBoehner

    Also marcorubio and Cory Booker.

    Unless she’s purged them.

    Keith Olbermann is another follower.

    Sammy Finkelman (8a20da)

  49. “You know – a six foot walking penis capable of speech. A dickhead.”
    — Blast From the Past

    Space Cockroach (8096f2)

  50. Comment by Dustin — 5/16/2012 @ 8:11 pm

    Richard, it’s too easy to commit voter fraud in your state. O’Keefe did a public service by exposing how serious this problem is. He didn’t cast any votes. He broadcast the truth to your citizens. Thank him for his service to your state and stop peeping through his window.

    Nadia Naffe was @mentioned in a tweet about that:

    Mentions

    You’d need both name & address to vote using another persons ballot + be in the correct precinct. How likely is that? @electmarcorubio

    ~ 1 month ago

    That was:

    Mon Apr 16 23:50:38 +0000 2012

    Not clear if she is supposed to have sent it. Ig not her, who?

    Sammy Finkelman (8a20da)

  51. You wouldn’t need the address, just the right precinct, but that is close to knowing the address.

    Plus a similar signature, but people can disregard that.

    If this is unplanned you have the risk of he actual voter showing up, but people have to pay attention.

    You also have the argument what if the person registered doesn’t exist or live there? You still would have to remember the registration information and plan well ahead. The act of registration really does quite a lot all by itself.

    This begs the question hat this is not the best way for a political machine or campaign to do things, unless they can’t do it any other way by virtue of not controlling the election machinery and not being able to use absentee ballots.

    Sammy Finkelman (8a20da)

  52. Sammy,

    It’s really easy to commit fraud at the polls. That’s why Democrats are opposed to laws requiring the same photo ID that the Justice Department requires for entry into their building, and the same photo ID that the FAA requires for you to board a plane.

    At the polls, you say a name, the poll worker looks for it on the books, they find it, they give you a ballot, you vote.

    If the name doesn’t appear on the books, they give you a ballot to fill out, you sign an affadavit that you live in the precinct, and that’s that.

    And if you live in Philadelphia, you just hope they’re aren’t any New Black Panthers with baseball bats in the vicinity.

    Elephant Stone (0ae97d)

  53. I wish that “Richard Head” would demand that Obama turn over his college transcripts !

    Elephant Stone (0ae97d)

  54. The video above shows how simple it is. The poll workers were nearly begging the person to sign their name so they could vote.

    JD (266e42)

  55. Waddya know?

    Nadia Naffe knows Dick.

    Whoodathunkit…?

    Smock Puppet, 10th Dan Snark Master (8e2a3d)

  56. Comment by elissa — 5/16/2012 @ 8:36 pm

    “Richard Cranium” would be much more descriptive, and accurate.

    AD-RtR/OS! (b8ab92)

  57. Dare I say that Mr. Head don’t know from dick.

    Comanche Voter (dc4fc0)

  58. “My Rusty Bedsprings”
    one of the all-time classics
    by I P Freely

    Colonel Haiku (1d11b8)

  59. here in Lost Angels, we post a precinct directory outside every polling place, which is an exact copy of the one the clerk at the desk has.

    if you can remember a name and an address for a few minutes, you can vote in as many precincts as you want to drive to.

    given most election turnouts, it wouldn’t be hard to pick an unused name, since they are lined out on the public display every hour after the polls open and absentee voters are noted as such.

    redc1c4 (403dff)

  60. perhaps Dick Head’s parents had a gut feeling about him even as a newborn…..

    rumcrook™ (4a9bee)

  61. I would like to take this comment thread totally seriously. Really. I would.

    But I’ve got Bill Murray acting out a scene that involves a guy without a johnson playing out in my head. I can’t shake it loose.

    Steve (773f84)

  62. Comment by redc1c4 — 5/19/2012 @ 1:30 am

    here in Lost Angels, we post a precinct directory outside every polling place, which is an exact copy of the one the clerk at the desk has.

    What we have here is – well the information clerk has two things: A street directory which gives the Election and Assembly District (and other things but only the AD and the ED count for voting) of every address in the borough and a a Poll Site list which lists every ED and AD and what address they vote at..

    This is not readily available and there is no list of polling sites, but most public schools and some other places are polling sites.

    Most people know where to go. What they may not know is the ED within the polling place or where that is.

    If someone only had an address they could go in someplace and find out where that address was.

    Polling sites have up to maybe 10 election districts (called precincts outside of New York State) I think there could be 2,000 or 3,000 people in a November presidential election.

    There is also a list of what addresses are in each ED that every table where somneone signs in has.

    if you can remember a name and an address for a few minutes, you can vote in as many precincts as you want to drive to.

    You can only vote in the precinct that the name is registered in. are you talking about somebody pretending to be different people?

    given most election turnouts, it wouldn’t be hard to pick an unused name, since they are lined out on the public display every hour after the polls open and absentee voters are noted as such

    They put out a public display of all people whio haven’t voted??

    Still.. how would anyone know that a name would remain unused? (if it wasn’t carefully selected)

    How would someone know that somebody wouldn’t know how that person looks? (from previous elections or because they were neighbors)

    If they did know, would things go on without a hitch?

    Do you even need a voter if people are just willing to record votes?

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)


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