Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Jury of his pee-ers :Former GOP official says grand jury included Democrats

A former Republican official charged with helping orchestrate political dirty tricks wants to know whether prospective jurors at his trial consider themselves aggressive or laid back, naive or perceptive.

James Tobin also wants to know whether they're Democrats, Republicans or independents and whether they watch TV shows such as "West Wing," CNN's "Crossfire," MSNBC's "Hardball," or "The McLaughlin Group," which mostly runs on public television stations.

Those questions are part of a proposed jury pool questionnaire for Tobin's trial on charges he conspired to jam Democrats' get-out-the-vote phones on Election Day 2002, as well as a ride-to-the-polls line run by the Manchester firefighters union.
Tobin, who at the time was the Northeast political director of the Republican Senatorial Committee, also says the charges should be dismissed because the grand jury that indicted him included Democrats.

The grand jury "included purported victims of the alleged scheme -- Democrats,"
said a motion filed by Tobin, who at the time was the Northeast political director of the national Republican Senatorial Committee. He was indicted in December.

Would these be the same "lawn order" Repugs who trumpet victims' rights (when they are the victims, to be sure)? The ones who resist tossing convictions of black defendants judged by all white juries? Thought so.


Anonymous jillian said...


What's next? What blood type? What SAT Scores? What cholesterol level?

2:45 PM  

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