Two pieces of blockbuster news today in the ongoing NH phone-jamming scandal.
1) NH Democrats detail, in 10 damning pages, the evidence the NH’s US Attorney Thomas Colantuono stone-walled and “slow-walked” the investigation of the 2002 Election Day crime where the NH Republican State Committee paid a Virginia telemarketing firm $15,600 (having just received $15,000 from Abramoff clients), some of which went to pay an Idaho telemarketing firm to make repeated hang-up phone calls to Democrats’ ride to the polls lines. (Josh Marshall posted that 10page document as 10 html pages; it’s here as one 10-page pdf file.)
2) James Tobin’s conviction has been overturned by the US Appeals Court, on the grounds the NH’s US Attorney Thomas Colantuono chose the wrong statute to use in prosecuting him. I did predict this result in January, after the appeals court hearing at which I was the only “reporter.”
Update:Here’s a text file of the court’s opinion. They don’t acquit Tobin, but remand his case back to the courts of NH to be re-tried. Poor Mr. Tobin.
Update: Yet more documents :
- 20030207Union Leader Article first public report of phone-jamming on Election Day 2002 (pdf)
- 20030210 Democrats ask US Attorney to investigate phone jamming (pdf)
- 20031216 McGees statement to FBI (pdf)
- 20041015Motion to Intervene & Stay Discovery.pdf
- 20051205Tobin Trial Re Darrell Henry.pdf
- 20061004Tobin Legal Bills in relation to payments to NE Strategies.pdf
- 20061013Darrell HenryDepositionTranscript.pdf
- Lobbying contract of NH Senator John E Sununu’s father John E Sununu (2002)
- Darrell Henry American Gas Assoc.doc
- 20070321 Democrats ask Senator Leahy to investigate DOJ handling of phone jamming (pdf)