Ex-Mashpee Wampanoag chairman fights charges
January 29, 2021
The former chairman of a Massachusetts tribe is seeking to dismiss some of the federal bribery and extortion charges he’s facing over the tribe’s long-planned casino project.
Cedric Cromwell served as chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag from 2009 until his November arrest. He filed a motion last week to dismiss three bribery counts. Cromwell also said in the filing he reserves the right to file a separate motion to dismiss a number of extortion charges he faces.
Cromwell’s attorney, Timothy Flaherty, noted he is optimistic the arguments presented in the motion will be successful but said he couldn’t comment further because the case is ongoing.