Oct 4, 2021
Philadelphia councilmember and labor leader's bribery trial begins
Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon speaks into a microphone.
Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon in 2017. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The long-awaited bribery trial of City Councilmember Bobby Henon and labor leader John Dougherty kicks off Monday.

  • Jury selection begins at 9:30am in the federal courthouse on Market Street.

State of play: Both Henon and Dougherty have pleaded not guilty to bribery and fraud charges. The pair was indicted in January 2019.

  • Federal prosecutors are accusing Dougherty, a business manager for Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), of giving Henon a no-show union job with an annual salary of more than $70,000.
  • They also allege he showered Henon with a "stream of personal benefits" exceeding $10,000.
  • Henon, a three-term Democrat, is accused of essentially selling his office to Dougherty, according to federal officials.

Between the lines: Dougherty has led the IBEW since 1993 and has amassed significant political power by financially backing city and statewide candidates for decades.

What's ahead: A second federal trial stemming from the indictment, involving Dougherty and a handful of union members, has yet to be scheduled.

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