Ex-Boston Officials Want New Trial After Extortion Convictions

Law360 (August 22, 2019, 4:33 PM EDT) -- A pair of former Boston City Hall aides convicted of pressuring a music festival into hiring unneeded union labor asked a federal judge late Wednesday to either set aside the jury's guilty verdict or give them a new trial to correct the "manifest injustice" of their conviction.

Boston tourism director Kenneth Brissette and head of intergovernmental affairs Timothy Sullivan, both of whom stepped down after the verdicts were returned Aug. 7, told U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin that federal prosecutors improperly used an alleged violation of state ethics law in order to prove the pair's actions were "wrongful" under the...

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