A federal judge in Maine has dismissed the latest charges against a former Republican official cleared of taking part in a plot to jam Democratic phone lines in New Hampshire on Election Day 2002.
District Judge George Singal agreed with attorneys for James Tobin that bringing the new charges against the former GOP political organizer qualified as a vindictive prosecution.
Prosecutors have two weeks to decide whether to appeal. After Tobin was cleared last year of the more serious telephone harassment charges, he was indicted on two charges of making false statements during the investigation. But Singal dismissed those charges in his ruling on Wednesday.