According to Masslive.com, the city of Boston’s tourism chief, Kenneth Brissette, has been indicted and arrested on extortion charges. The reason? Because he and one other city official repeatedly advised a local music promoter that he would have to hire union labor before awarding them a permit for a music festival.
The implications of this are enormous. The State Gaming Commission placed a number of requirements on MGM before awarding them a gaming license – is that extortion too?
Are conditions on permits or other governmental actions considered to be extortion and racketeering? A grand jury seems to think so.