Boston City Hall Aides Get Extortion Conviction Tossed

Law360 (February 12, 2020, 7:13 PM EST) -- Two former aides to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh saw their Hobbs Act extortion convictions thrown out Wednesday, as a federal judge said the government failed to show a clear quid pro quo or "wrongful conduct" for the pair pressuring a music festival to hire union labor.

The 90-page order from U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin cleared Ken Brissette, Boston’s former tourism czar, and Tim Sullivan, once the head of intergovernmental affairs, of charges they conspired to extort the Boston Calling festival into hiring union workers or risk losing crucial city permits.

A jury in August had convicted both men of...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS