Tobin a Free Man; Judge Threw Out the Case

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By Judy Harrison

Saturday, September 09, 2006 - Bangor Daily News

BOSTON - Defense attorneys filed an appeal Friday in U.S. 1st District Court of James Tobin's conviction in a scheme to jam New Hampshire Democrats' get-out-the-vote phone lines four years ago.

Attorneys for Tobin, 45, of Bangor argued in their 59-page brief that the telephone harassment statute should not have been used to prosecute him and three others. The attorneys also argued that the way the statute was used to prosecute Tobin violated the U.S. Constitution.

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NH State GOP to pay Democrats $125,000 in phone-jam suit

By GARRY RAYNO
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Dec. 3 2006

Manchester, NH – The state Republican Party will pay Democrats $25,000 a year for the next five years, a total of $125,000, under a settlement reached Friday in the 2002 Election Day phone-jamming suit.

The total is far short of the $4.1 million Democrats sought at the beginning of negotiations and much more than the $5,000 Republicans offered...SNIP...James Tobin, a former Republican National Committee operative, was found guilty of federal telephone harassment charges a year ago, but has an appeal pending with a hearing slated next month.

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Does Tobin have to pay the money personally, or is this just party money that gets handed over?

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The state party was the defendant in the civil case and will pay the settlement.

Anonymous
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Especially with today's victory!

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[size=18]Appeals court reverses conviction in phone-jamming case[/size]
By Beverley Wang, March 21, 2007

CONCORD, N.H. --A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed the conviction and sentence of James Tobin, the former regional chairman of President Bush's re-election campaign, who was sentenced to 10 months in prison for his role in an Election Day phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats.

[url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2007/03/21/appeals_court...

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What does this do for Hillary's [url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,258512,00.html]vast right-wing conspiracy[/url] theory?
[quote]On Tuesday, she asserted the conspiracy is alive and well, and cited as proof the Election Day 2002 case of phone jamming in New Hampshire, a case in which two Republican operatives pleaded guilty to criminal charges, and a third was convicted.[/quote]

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[quote]"That's wonderful news," said McGee, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and served seven months for his part in the scheme.

McGee declined to say if he agrees with the decision and said the ruling had nothing to do with him.

"It's something in my past," McGee said.[/quote]

Dan Billings
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Great news.

Mark J. Ellis
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Praise be.

laMaine
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I guess Republicans don't care about ethics, just legalities.

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See other thread... I'd sooner take lessons from my pooch on table manners than lessons on ethics from a liberal progressive.

Dan Billings
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We are talking about a criminal charge. Legalities matter.

He gave a guy a phone number. That's it. 10 months in federal prison for that is nuts.

This is another example of criminalizing politics.

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I think we should ask the Bush administration to fire the Federal prosecuter in this case. What do you folks think?

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Good for Jim and his family. Hillary was quick to badmouth this event - what does she have to say now.

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[quote]paying the law firm $2.8 million for Tobin's defense.[/quote]

Hope the phone jamming was worth it.

Henry Clay
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Conviction overturned. He is not responsible for the phone jamming.

EJ
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Now someone Tell The Dems who are in New Hampshire, that this bullet item is off their template.

EJ

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Firing the over zealous prosecutor is the best idea I have read about. Maybe taking the government lawyer to the ethics board would also be a good idea. Maybe there would be fewer political prosecutions if this happened.

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Ahh.. I see... Next we will hear that the jamming never took place. That's how we re-write history, folks!

charlotte
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Exactly Dom...

Henry Clay
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Took place but not Tobin is not guilty of it. Hillary should send him an apology.

Dan Billings
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The people who were responsible for the phone jamming pled guilty and were appropriately punished.

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[quote="Dan Billings"]The people who were responsible for the phone jamming pled guilty and were appropriately punished.[/quote]

still.....I am not surprised. Are you RKL?

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Not surprised by what?

I am surprised that a Bush Administration political appointee was allowed to go on a witch hunt like this. Particularly when it cost the Republican Party almost $3 Million in legal fees. I wouldn't be surprised if the prosecutor was a holdover from the Clinton administration.

Check out this story:

[url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,260128,00.html]New Hampshire Dems Want Congress to Review 2002 Phone-Jamming Scheme[/url]

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[quote][b] House panel probes phone-jamming plot[/b]

By The Associated Press wire report May 14, 2008 09:39 AM

WASHINGTON - A House panel is probing the Election Day 2002 phone-jamming plot by GOP operatives against New Hampshire Democrats.

Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., wants the panel to focus on key "unanswered questions" about whether the White House played a role in the plot — and whether the Justice Department dragged its feet on the case for political reasons.[/quote]

[url=http://news.mainetoday.com/updates/027021.html]Six Years Later, and Who's Still Paying the Legal Bills? You and Me[/url]

This panel is probably surrounded by wall-to-wall attorneys, their assistants, and the assistants to the freakin' assistants. Quite the tab.

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[quote]A former Republican Party official accused of taking part in a plot to jam New Hampshire Democratic Party phone lines on Election Day 2002 is facing new charges.

James Tobin has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Portland on two counts of making false statements to an FBI agent in 2003. Each count carries jail time.[/quote]

[url=http://news.mainetoday.com/updates/034206.html]Story[/url]

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The feds are nasty. They never give up.

This case is a good example of why we could afford to eliminate half the federal prosecutors on the payroll.

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Here Here. Leave it alone. Why don't they go chase criminals instead of trying to make up garbage.....

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[quote][b] Tobin faces new charges[/b]
[i]Ex-GOP strategist pleads not guilty[/i]

By Judy Harrison
BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A former Republican strategist pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to charges that he lied to federal investigators five years ago about his role in jamming phone lines in New Hampshire Democrats’ get-out-the-vote effort in 2002.

James Tobin, 48, of Bangor was indicted Oct. 9 by a federal grand jury in Portland, just days before the statute of limitations would have prevented prosecutors from filing the charges. [/quote]

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Appeals court backs acquittal of GOP’s Tobin

Bangor man faces other charges from 2002 phone jamming case

By Dawn Gagnon
BDN Staff
A federal appeals court has upheld last year’s acquittal of a former Republican Party official from Bangor on telephone harassment charges stemming from a plot to jam Democratic Party phones in New Hampshire on Election Day 2002.

In an opinion issued on Wednesday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston affirmed a Feb. 21, 2008, ruling by U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe clearing James Tobin, 48, of Bangor.

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