- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A jury has finished its first full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the racketeering trial of a local ironworkers boss.

Joseph Dougherty (DOCK’-er-tee) is accused of using threats, violence and other means as his members perpetuated what he allegedly called “a war” against nonunion contractors.

Dougherty spent a few hours being treated for breathing problems after the jury got the case Tuesday. Jurors have asked to replay some FBI wiretaps when they return Thursday.

The 73-year-old Dougherty could spend life in prison if convicted. Nearly a dozen union members have pleaded guilty, and some have testified against him.

Defense lawyer Fortunato “Fred” Perri Jr. says Dougherty did not order the strong-arm tactics.



But federal prosecutors say he ran Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia as a criminal enterprise.

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