Massachusetts AFL-CIO comes to defense of five Teamsters charged in extortion case
The Boston Globe - 12/17/2015
Daniel Medwed, a Northeastern University law professor who lectures about criminal prosecutions, said third-party filings are typically made before appeals courts or before states’ and the nation’s highest court because the “stakes are higher” and the decisions have wider implications. But, he said, the union’s decision to intervene in the case now before a trial could be a strategic attempt to “stop the case in its tracks” before a jury could decide.
“They’re worried, and understandably, about a chilling effect on unions, on strikes, and picketing, and if there’s a chilling effect on strikes and picketing, that’s an impact on the labor movement,” he said.