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  • Memo to Marty Walsh: Why prosecutors love to charge defendants with conspiracy

    WGBH - 08/10/2016

    In recent months, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and members of his administration have come under scrutiny for allegedly pressuring city contractors to hire union labor.  That scrutiny has yielded two indictments so far, with the possibility of more to come. Specifically, two city officials face federal criminal charges related to suspicions they forced a music festival to hire union stagehands for a concert.  Along with extortion, prosecutors charged them with conspiracy: counts that are perhaps prosecutors’ favorite weapons in their charging arsenal.

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