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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ohio's Boehner v. McDermott: Eavesdropping Battle Hits Supreme Court

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- This NPR story from earlier in the year suggests the protracted court battle had reached its final chapter. But Washington State Democrat Jim McDermott says he hasn't surrendered. He is now asking the Supreme Court to overturn the decision that gave a legal victory to House Minority Leader John Boehner. Boehner's phone call was illegally taped in 1996 and involved discussions about then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich's ethics problems.

McDermott has this to say about his filing in the Supreme Court. There is no guarantee the justices will take the case. Lower courts have awarded Boehner, a Republican who represents Ohio's 8th Congressional District, $60,000 in damages and legal fees, which are said to be in the range of $500,000, perhaps more.

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