Boston City Hall Aides See Extortion Case Thrown Out

By Dean Seal (March 22, 2018, 8:48 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday dismissed the case against two Boston City Hall aides accused of pressuring a music festival into hiring unneeded union labor, saying prosecutors could not meet the court's standard to prove extortion.

U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin's dismissal of the case is in line with his decision Wednesday to cancel the scheduled starting date of the trial of Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan, two top lieutenants for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Days before the trial was set to begin March 26, prosecutors asked Judge Sorokin to make a ruling on their evidence pretrial and...

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