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2 Who Intercepted Gingrich Call Fined

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A husband and wife were fined $500 apiece in Jacksonville for intercepting a cellular phone call of Newt Gingrich discussing his ethics problems. John and Alice Martin, two self-described small-town political junkies who got caught in a big-time political furor, pleaded guilty to using a radio scanner to intentionally intercept a call. They could have been fined $5,000 each. Their tape recording of the call, which the Martins said they gave to U.S. Rep. James McDermott, the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, caused an uproar on Capitol Hill.


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