2nd Circ. Upholds Ex-Union Leaders' Extortion Convictions

Law360, New York (October 22, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit upheld the convictions Wednesday of three related ex-union leaders accused of taking part in a scheme to extort money from business owners, ruling the trial court didn't err by admitting evidence about reputed connections to the mafia.

A three-judge appellate panel turned away a challenge from Anthony Fazio Sr., who served as president of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 348 until 2010; Anthony Fazio Jr., who was Local 348's president until February 2011; and former union Vice President John Fazio Jr.

The Fazios took aim at three supposed errors made by the district court, which...

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