Thursday, December 15, 2005

Let's do the perp walk again.

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about several Republicans who were indicted or about to be. One was James Tobin. Today he was convicted for his part in a plot to jam the Democrats' phones on election day 2002. The federal jury acquitted him of conspiring to violate voters' rights. But they nailed him on telephone harrassment.
That alone could get him up to seven years in the big house and $500,000 in fines.

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

Tobin, who at the time was New England chairman of Bush's re-election campaign and a top regional official of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, was accused of orchestrating the phone-jamming.

In August, the Republican National Committee acknowledged it had spent more than $722,000 to provide Tobin with lawyers from a high-powered Washington law firm. Party officials who said they ordinarily would not discuss such matters said they underwrote Tobin's defense because he was a longtime supporter and assured them he had committed no crimes. (Ha! That was money well spent!)

Tobin's lawyer declined to comment after the verdict.

The former executive director of the New Hampshire GOP, Chuck McGee, who admitted coming up with the idea, served a seven-month sentence for conspiracy.

As Bush would say, (and probably did) Heck of a job there, Toby! Too f*cking bad you were caught. Tobin is scheduled to be sentenced in March. Let's hope he gets the maximum. But, hey, he won't be lonely for long. Because Abramoff, Libby, and so many others are bound to join him in the Federal Prison System soon.


Blogger Philip Morton said...

Are they going to have to build a new jail just to house GOP operatives and cronies from the Bush administration?

10:23 PM, December 15, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Let's hope so...

7:11 AM, December 16, 2005  

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