Friday, October 29, 2004
During a conference call with Republican leaders, (Rep. John) Boehner talked about the pending Ethics Committee probe of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich over the way Gingrich funded a college course he taught via satellite through a tax-deductible political-action committee.
A Florida couple intercepted and taped the call and gave it to McDermott on Jan. 8, 1997.
McDermott then leaked the tape to The New York Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
(District Court), has ordered Congressman Jim McDermott to pay $60,000 plus attorney fees that could total more than $545,000 to a Republican congressman (Boehner) who sued McDermott for leaking his cellphone conversations to news reporters. In a harshly worded decision received by attorneys this week, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan said McDermott's "willful and knowing misconduct rises to the level of malice in this case."
It's nice to see that the laws are applied to politicians and citizens equally!