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Former Union Boss Begins Racketeering and Conspiracy Trial

Trial Begins for Former Ironworkers Union Leader for Racketeering and Conspiracy On Monday, January 5th, a former Union boss for the Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia went to trial for federal charges including intimidation, racketeering and conspiracy. Other defendants in the case opted to a plea deal, so “the Don” will stand trial alone. According to federal prosecutors, 73-year-old Joseph Dougherty created “goon squads” within the ironworkers’ union, which he used to threaten builders, smash beams, and burn down jobsites if potential … [Read more...]

Federal Racketeering Charges Trial Begins in Atlanta Public Schools Case

Cheating Scandal Leads to Federal Racketeering Charges for  Defendants in Atlanta Public Schools Trial Over one year after 35 educators, test administrators, and principals in the Atlanta Public School System were linked to a massive cheating scam to change students’ test scores, 12 of those accused are now standing trial on federal racketeering charges. Prosecutors allege that the Atlanta Public Schools testing scam dates back as far as 2005, when school administrators began to put pressure on teachers and test administrators to change … [Read more...]

Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty to Racketeering Charges

Former California Senator Pleads Not Guilty to Racketeering Charges Former California state senator Leland Yee, arrested on charges of bribery and gun running, faced new federal charges for racketeering and other RICO violations on Friday, July 25th. On Thursday, July 31st, he pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges. Yee previously pleaded not guilty to the other federal charges, including bribery, corruption, and arms trafficking, in which federal investigators worked undercover, posing as businessmen and gun runners. He allegedly … [Read more...]