Former Lawrence, Mass. official facing charges of extortion, conspiracy

March 25, 2014, 5:20 am
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(NECN) -  In Lawrence Superior Court in Lawrence Mass., the trial begins Tuesday for former Mayor William Lantigua's former chief of staff.
     
Leonard Degnan faces charges of solicitation of a bribe, extortion and conspiracy.
     
Prosecutors say he pressured a city trash contractor to donate a truck to a town in Lantigua's native Dominican Republic.      
     
Degnan allegedly threatened to void the man's contract "without cause" if the garbage truck wasn't donated.
     
Degnan has denied the charges.

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