Philadelphia (AP) — Powerful Philadelphia Labor leader Johnny “Doc” Doherty was tried on Monday in a city hall corruption case accusing city councilors of staying on union salaries and pushing the agenda.

After spending more than $ 30 million on union funds for political candidates, 61-year-old Doherty faces a later blackmail trial against other union activities. He expressed confidence that he would reveal his name when he arrived at the Philadelphia Inquirer in federal court on Monday for a jury selection. report.

“I have zeroed crime,” Dougherty said outside the court and made zero with his hands for emphasis. “So this is a relief. I can’t wait to get in and get this done.”

Dougherty was in the FBI’s view for years before the 2019 indictment Indicted him While city councilman Bobby Heenon worked full-time in a $ 140,000 city council post annually, he continued to work for a $ 70,000 union annually, resulting in more than 100 crimes.

Dougherty has a solid grasp of the Philadelphia region’s construction industry for over 20 years, under the direction of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which has approximately 5,000 members. He also heads the City’s Buildings Trades Council, a group under the local union with 70,000 members.

As an example, according to the indictment, Doherty was Comcast Corp when media giants negotiated a renewal of the city’s 15-year cable lease. Pressured his friends to direct $ 2 million…

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