The community organizing group ACORN is not expressly prohibited from returning to Ohio under a settlement reached in a lawsuit that claimed it used fraudulent voter registration practices.
But a lawyer for a group that filed the lawsuit says it would fight in court any attempt by ACORN to reopen its doors in Ohio for voter registration purposes because "it's inherent in the nature of their practice to submit unlawful voter registration forms."
A copy of the confidential settlement obtained by The Associated Press shows that ACORN has agreed to refrain from supporting or enabling others to engage in certain "unlawful conduct." It also will surrender its Ohio business license.
An ACORN spokesman says its opponents are lying in an effort to keep down the black vote and prevent organizing in low income areas.
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