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Friday, August 26, 2005

Republicans Don't Want You to Vote

A federal prosecutor said he will reconvene a grand jury in a case involving the jamming of Democratic phone lines in 2002 -- raising the possibility that other Republicans might be implicated.

Phone lines were bombarded with electronically generated calls, jamming lines set up for voters seeking rides to the polls on Election Day. Two GOP operatives have pleaded guilty in the case and a third is scheduled for trial.

"The grand jury will meet at least one additional time before the end of this year," Justice Department attorney Andrew Levchuk told a judge Wednesday.

Levchuk asked the judge to delay a civil lawsuit brought by state Democrats against the state GOP over the jamming, which also affected one phone line run by a nonpartisan firefighters' union.

A grand jury has indicted James Tobin, former regional director for the Republican National Committee, for allegedly orchestrating the jamming. Tobin, who was the regional chairman for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, has pleaded innocent.