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Two leaders of defunct South Boston Teamsters local guilty of shaking down local businesses, hospitals

A federal jury yesterday convicted John Perry, 62, of Woburn and Joseph "Jo Jo" Burhoe, 46, of Braintree, on a variety of racketeering charges related to the use of extortion and actual and threatened physical violence to get jobs for family members and friends out of local companies and to maintain control of their now defunct Local 82, the US Attorney's office reports.

However, the jury also acquitted Thomas Flaherty, 50, of Braintree, of all charges. The judge declared a mistrial on the charges against James "Jimmy the Bull" Deamicis after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict following the seven-week trial.

According to the indictment against them, the officials of the local - which was taken over by Local 25 in 2011 - extracted "superfluous" jobs from local businesses and non-profit organizations they didn't even have contracts from between 2007 and 2011.

Perry, Director of Trade Shows and Convention Centers for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 82, and Burhoe, a convicted felon who was a member of the union, worked in the trade show and moving industries. Since 2007 the defendants engaged in illegal activities in order to generate money for themselves, their friends, and family members. The defendants extorted various entities throughout Boston including hotels, event planners, catering companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, music entertainment companies, and non-profit organizations, none of which had collective bargaining agreements with Local 82.

Among their targets: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the United States Green Building Council, Wolfgang Puck and the Westin Waterfront. However, they were found not guilty on a charge of trying to extort money from the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Perry and Burhoe, his enforcer, also beat up two union members who criticized their control of the union and did stuff such as stand outside the union hall with a detail cop to ensure certain members didn't vote on at least one contract with a major local employer, according to the indictment.

The two will be sentenced in February.

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Corrupt Teamsters?? Why I never! And, in Southie no less.

Well, the world never ceases to amaze, now does it?

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I'm surprised they didn't say "Us and Brooklyn are going to soak everyone gettin' in our way!" and then break into song before each incident.

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Found not guilty of trying to extort from the Massachusetts Democratic Party? I guess they just forked over the money willingly to get Teamsters' support.

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This is how you get jobs for your friends at local institutions!

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Mayor Jackson to you.

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I'm sure he'll be reminding a judge and later corrections officers of that title as well.

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But a seven week tril sounds painful...

(Ordinarily I ignore simple typos, unless they're particularly entertaining. :) )

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...is on strike.

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n/t

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Fixed.

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Isn't it dangerous for those kinds of organizations to be making deals with criminals? If they compromise there, are they also compromising on patient safety?

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According to the indictment (which I just attached to the story), their M.O. was to find an organization holding an event of some kind, then show up a few hours beforehand and threaten to picket it unless their pals were hired for event-related jobs. So they weren't holding up shipments of heart pills or something.

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Just the stuffed mushroom caps.

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to try to play the heavy with an organization that has dozens of people on staff that can not only drug you, but amputate parts of your body and ensure that you survive the experience.

/I've had a lot of surgery and I have this cheery thought every time I walk or get wheeled into an operating room.

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All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

And I love where these assholes live, Braintree and Woburn, but operated out of 'Southie'.

These guys are also a big part of how the Democratic machine has maintained absolute one party power for so long here. Not that our other officially approved political party, Republicans, are any better. It's all about corruption, milking dry the public sector (taxpayers) by creating a union, especially public sector union, elite, among American workers. 'Progressive' politics is used as a smoke screen.

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Man, a nickname like that deserves a conviction on it's own, without a trial!

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A federal jury yesterday convicted John Perry, 62, of Woburn and Joseph "Jo Jo" Burhoe, 46, of Braintree

Outsiders giving my SoBo a bad name!

- The Original SoBo Yuppie

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Not a jury I would have wanted to sit on. Looking over your shoulder at night for 7 weeks while wondering if you're next to get the shake down. No thanks.

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jo jo buroe? a rat? gangster? a thug? a teamster? an fbi informant? a butchy doe shooter? a murderer? you guys know butchy right?

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/04/09/jojo-burhoe-career-criminal-...

http://www.teamster.net/topic/53022-joe-berhoe-thug-for-82/

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-8120779.html

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Look for the union label, the sign of thuggery.

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