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Judge won’t dismiss charges in Walsh aides extortion case

In an 11-page order, a US District Court judge ruled that the criminal case against the Kenneth Brissette (left) and Timothy Sullivan should proceed. Lane Turner / Boston Globe

A federal judge refused Tuesday to throw out extortion and conspiracy charges against two top aides to Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh for allegedly pressuring the Boston Calling music festival to hire union workers in 2014.

In an 11-page order, US District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin ruled that the criminal case against the Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan should proceed, rejecting defense claims their constitutional rights were being violated by prosecutors.

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