Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Carpenter Bigs Nail Bribe Rap Acquittal

Two top officials of the carpenters union were acquitted Tuesday night of taking bribes from mobsters to allow nonunion workers on Manhattan construction sites.

After deliberating 90 minutes, the panel delivered the verdict to Michael Forde, executive secretary to the 25,000-member New York City District Council of Carpenters, and business agent Martin Devereaux.

"It's been a long 10 years," Devereaux said, minutes after the verdict was delivered in Manhattan Supreme Court.

He and Forde were charged in September 2000, but allegations surfaced two years earlier of them taking a $10,000 bribe from Sean Richard, the former son-in-law of the imprisoned boss of the DeCavalcante crime family.

The money was described as a down payment on a promised $50,000 bribe. Their 2004 convictions were overturned after jurors were discovered debating a Village Voice article highly critical of Forde and Devereaux.

"I'm happy that justice has been served, but the wheels of justice grind slowly," said Forde.

Devereaux said he was "very happy for the carpenters all around New York City because we have finally cleared our name and the name of our union."

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  1. You can't beat a great lawyer.

    When in doubt hock the house to get a great lawyer.

    Work Safe.

  2. There will be a next time. This 157 thing won't go away with new delegates. It happened, it was widespread and no-one even knows the facts yet. These two and many others were spending the brotherhoods $ where the most elemental existencce of real anti corruption should have been in place. The NYCDCC didn't need Callahan if in fact they were trying, thats how big this 157 thing is at its core.


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