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    Thursday, April 03, 2008

    McDermott...not quite clear on the Constitution

    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has been ordered to pay Rep. John Boehner over $1 Million over a lawsuit from 1998. This stems from the fact that McDermott leaked an illegally recorded tape of Boehner speaking to Newt Gingrich. The tape was recorded by a Florida couple, who wiretapped Boehner's cell phone, supplied the tape to McDermott who leaked it to the press. The irony of the fact that McDermott has voted against the FISA wiretaps deigned to stop terrorists, yet supports individuals illegally wiretapping the phones of elected officials isn't lost on me. Anyhow, McDermott's statement concerning the decision is interesting:
    "While the amount of damages assessed in this case is significant, I submit that defending the First Amendment is beyond measure and worth every penny,” McDermott said in a statement, adding, “With the end of this case, another threat against the First Amendment has been met and turned back.”LINK

    Funny, I though Illegal search and Seizure was the fourth amendment, not the firts.


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