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Jury Talks Begin in N.H. Phone-Jamming Case

Associated Press News Wire (
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 00:34:14 -0600

A jury on Monday began deliberations in the case of a former national
Republican Party official accused of orchestrating an election day
phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats.

Earlier in the day, lawyers concluded their arguments in the case of
James Tobin, President Bush's former New England campaign
chairman. Deliberations were to continue Tuesday.

Tobin, 45, is charged with one count of interfering with voters rights
and several counts of telephone harassment. If convicted, he faces a
maximum 17-year prison sentence and a $750,000 fine.

For nearly two hours on Election Day 2002, hundreds of hang-up calls
overwhelmed Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks and a
ride-to-the-polls line run by Manchester's firefighters union.

The state GOP's former executive director, Chuck McGee, who admitted
hatching the plot, has completed a seven-month sentence for

Allen Raymond, former president of Viginia-based GOP Marketplace LLC,
pleaded guilty to organizing the jamming. He hopes a five-month
sentence will be reduced in exchange for his cooperation with

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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