Federal Joyce probe reaches into state House with subpoena
By State House News Service | June 13, 2016, 17:42 EST
BOSTON – U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz subpoenaed records from the Massachusetts House of Representatives as part of an investigation into whether state Sen. Brian Joyce, a Milton Democrat, illegally used his office to bolster his law practice, House officials confirmed on Monday.
Joyce has denied all wrongdoing, and earlier this year announced he wouldn’t seek re-election to the Senate> But since that time, federal prosecutors have delivered subpoenas to the state Senate and local government officials as part of their probe, which included a raid of Joyce’s Canton law offices. Joyce has been under a cloud of suspicion following multiple reports in the Boston Globe questioning the Senate veteran’s ethics, use of campaign funds and other questionable activities.
Receipt of the House subpoena, first reported by the Globe, was confirmed by the chamber’s chief lawyer.
“The House of Representatives received a grand jury subpoena from the United States Attorney’s Office requesting certain records relating to an ongoing investigation of a member of the Senate. The House of Representatives is cooperating fully with the United States Attorney’s Office,” House chief legal counsel Jim Kennedy said in a statement.
Kennedy said no single member of the House had been subpoenaed, nor are any members of the House a target of the investigation.
“The United States Attorney’s Office has requested that the House of Representatives refrain from discussing the details of its investigation and as such we will have no further comment. All additional questions should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office,” Kennedy said.
Written by Matt Murphy