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.