Boston officials still won’t answer questions about subpoenas


Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration again refused to say whether or not City Hall has received subpoenas from federal authorities despite a ruling by the state’s top records supervisor, The Boston Globe reported.

The Globe posed the inquiry through a public records request as part of its coverage of an ongoing federal investigation into union leaders, developers, and Boston City Hall staffers who allegedly threatened businesses and developers for failing to hire union workers.

On April 1, the Globe filed the initial public records request, seeking documents, letters, and emails exchanged between the U.S. Attorney’s office and the City of Boston. After the city denied the request, the Globe appealed to the state supervisor of records, who ruled that the city must disclose whether or not it had received any federal subpoenas within 10 days.


Still, the city says such documents are exempt under public records law, and argued that providing the records may jeopardize its “duty to the public to cooperate with law enforcement.”

“We’re obviously disappointed in the city’s response, but we’ll continue to pursue the information through all means possible — including the state courts,” Globe editor Brian McGrory said.

Read the full Globe story here.

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