Former Lawrence, Mass. Official Facing Charges of Extortion, Conspiracy

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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.