Court revives union extortion case against mayor’s aides

March 29, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Charges against two Boston mayoral aides accused of bullying music festival organizers into hiring union workers may be going to trial after all.

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling dismissing extortion and conspiracy indictments lodged against Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan in connection with the 2014 Boston Calling event.

The Boston Globe reports the appeals court found that U.S. District Court Judge misinterpreted the law when he ruled last year that federal prosecutors would be required to prove the defendants, aides to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, personally benefited from the hiring of union workers.

Brissette and Sullivan have pleaded not guilty to the allegations they threatened to withhold city permits for the festival.

The U.S. Attorney’s office did not immediately comment on the appeals court decision.