Man indicted in phone jamming case will argue Administration approved election scheme

07/07/2006 @ 1:26 pm
Filed by John Byrne

The fourth man indicted in a New Hampshire phone-jamming scheme — in which Republican operatives jammed the phone lines of Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts in a 2002 Senate race — will argue at trial that the Bush Administration and the national Republican Party gave their approval to the plan, according to a motion filed by his attorney Thursday.

Shaun Hansen, the former owner of the company that placed hang-up calls to jam Democratic phone lines, was indicted in March for conspiring to commit and aiding and abetting the commission of interstate telephone harassment relating to a scheme to thwart get out the vote efforts on Election Day, 2002.

His lawyer’s motion signals that Hansen intends to argue that he was entrapped because the Administration allegedly told his superiors the calls were legal. The filing indicates, however, that Hansen does not have firsthand knowledge of Administration intervention.

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