FOUR DEFENDANTS in the Ironworkers union case pleaded not guilty yesterday to a second set of racketeering-conspiracy charges in federal court.
Joseph Dougherty, the former longtime head of Ironworkers Local Union 401; ex-business agents Christopher Prophet and William O'Donnell; and member Richard Ritchie will face trial Jan. 5.
Now, it appears four other defendants may plead guilty in the case. Yesterday, a change-of-plea hearing was scheduled for Sept. 23 for defendant Greg Sullivan. However, his lawyer, Rocco Cipparone Jr., said by email that he could not confirm whether Sullivan would plead guilty. "He presently has, of course, entered a not guilty plea," Cipparone said.