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Justice Dept. Intervenes in N.H. Phone Jamming Case

During the 2002 election in Manchester, N.H., a number of phone banks used by Democrats to get out the vote were all but shut down by computer jammers. Democrats accused Republicans of dirty tricks -- and on Thursday, attorneys for the Democrats were slated to question a Republican official under oath about the incident. But federal prosecutors stepped in, and asked a judge to delay the deposition. Democrats are again crying foul -- this time, accusing the Justice Department of playing politics by delaying the proceedings just before the 2004 election. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Fred Bever of Maine Public Radio.

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Robert Siegel
Prior to his retirement, Robert Siegel was the senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel hosted the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reported on stories and happenings all over the globe, and reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. He signed off in his final broadcast of All Things Considered on January 5, 2018.