Judge Tees Up Jury Charge In 'Top Chef' Extortion Case

Law360, Boston (August 9, 2017, 2:06 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge said Wednesday that he would focus a panel of jurors on whether a group of renegade Teamsters tried to force "Top Chef" producers into giving them additional jobs on their set.

The "eye of the needle" is whether the government has proved that the four Teamsters wanted not just any jobs, but jobs that would have added to the "Top Chef" payroll for truck-driving work the production didn't want or need, the presiding judge said. Above, "Top Chef: Las Vegas" contestants in 2009. (AP) Senior U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock, at a hearing on jury instructions in...

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