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Judge to RNC: "Methinks thou dost protest to much"

Sometimes when people are so vocal in defending their "innocence" they tend to implicate themselves in further. Case in point, according to The (New Hampshire) Union-Leader, the Republican National Committee wants a judge to tell the jury that they had nothing to do with the 2002 Republican phone-jamming scandal:

The motion appeared to intrigue U.S. District Court Judge Steven J. McAuliffe. In a pre-trial hearing, he pointed out that federal prosecutors have not alleged that the RNC or National Republican Senatorial Committee paid for the operation.

McAuliffe said that undisputed evidence shows a $15,600 check to pay for hundreds of hang-up calls to Democratic and union get-out-the-vote phone banks on election day morning, 2002, was drawn on the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s war chest.

Andrew Levchuck, the justice department prosecutor, said the RNC and NRSC contributed about $200,000 to the state committee prior to the election, but said he intends to present no evidence suggesting any of it was for the express purpose of funding the phone jam.

McAuliffe wanted to know why, then, Tobin’s attorneys were concerned about it.

“Do you feel there is a need for the jury to know this, or for the public to know?” McAuliffe asked Washington-based attorney Bradley J. Bondi.

The lawyer responded that he and his colleagues never try cases with an eye toward public opinion.

“That’s what this sounds like,” McAuliffe countered from the bench, denying the motion. “Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with this, either, but I’m not going to tell the jury that.”

McAuliffe said that if he told the jurors, “Don’t think for a moment that any of that money came from the RNC,” it would plant the idea in their minds that the RNC may have had something to do with it.

And I think it would be a fair assumption, don't you? I think the judge is onto something. "Methinks thou dost protest too much." (Hat tips to Dustbury and Wizbang)

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