Tobin Acquittal Upheld 

A federal appeals court has upheld the acquittal

of a former Republican National Committee official charged in the

GOP phone-jamming scheme in New Hampshire’s 2002 election.

James Tobin of Bangor, Maine, had been convicted in 2005 of

federal charges of conspiring in, and aiding, a scheme to disrupt

election day get-out-the-vote efforts by the state Democratic Party

and a firefighters union. The groups’ telephone banks were jammed

by hundreds of hang-up calls.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe cleared Tobin,

ruling Tobin’s role did not fit the specific telephone harassment

statute which he had been convicted of violating. An appeals court

turned down the government appeal of McAuliffe’s ruling this week.

Meanwhile, Tobin has been indicted in Maine on charges of lying

to the FBI about the phone-jamming.