Ironworkers Local 401
After five days of deliberations, a federal jury in Philadelphia has found former Philadelphia ironworkers’ union head Joseph Dougherty guilty of corruption and related offenses.
The trial judge admonished jurors last week that they must deliberate and they took an oath, after he received a note from the jury foreman.
After an apparently rough four days of deliberations, the jury in the federal trial of ironworkers’ union Local 401 boss Joseph Dougherty is in recess until Tuesday.
The flurry of activity at the US District Courthouse began when the jury foreman sent a note to Judge Michael Baylson.
Defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. has downplayed alleged threats by Joseph Dougherty, secretly recorded, as mere “testosterone talk.”
Sean O’Donnell, who pleaded guilty to vandalizing a nonuion work site and who is cooperating with the prosecution, testified that Joseph Dougherty knew of and approved of the illegal attacks.
Dougherty is accused of conspiring with the cooperators and others to commit violent acts against non-union job sites and workers.
Former Ironworker Offical Testifies Union Boss Knew About Illegal ‘Nightwork,’ Details Construction Site Sabotage
Former Ironworkers business agent Edward Sweeney testified Dougherty was usually told after the fact.
A federal jury in the trial of former Ironworkers Local 401 leader Joseph Dougherty heard from two men Wednesday who were beaten by union members who were upset about work done at a non-union job site.
Defense lawyer Fortunato Perri Jr. says there’s no evidence Dougherty ordered criminal acts. He points a finger of blame at business agents within Local 401, jockeying for power at the Union Hall.
A federal prosecutor tells a jury the former Ironworkers Local 401 boss ruled with an iron fist. But the defense denies he ordered the acts of violence committed by others.
Former Philadelphia ironworkers union boss Joseph Dougherty faces federal trial today for allegedly running his union like an organized crime operation to get work for union members.
Although all of the defendants originally entered not guilty pleas, change-of-plea hearings have been scheduled for five of them, including Edward Sweeney, who was one of Ironworkers Union Local 401’s business agents.
More charges have been filed against members of the Ironworkers Local 401, alleging they damaged work sites where non-union construction workers were hired.
Two additional counts of “extortion which interferes with interstate commerce” have been filed against members of Local 401, and additional criminal conduct charges have been filed in conjunction with 14 earlier charges.