Appeals Court Throws Out Convictions In Probation Jobs CaseThe convictions of former state probation commissioner John O'Brien and two former deputies were overturned Monday by an appeals court, which said prosecutors failed to prove a scheme to favor politically connected job candidates was a federal crime.
Prison Sentences Delayed For Convicted Mass. Probation OfficialsJohn O'Brien and Elizabeth Tavares were scheduled to begin their sentences on Monday but will not until their appeals are decided.
Judge Denies Sentence Delay In Probation CaseA judge has denied a request by defense attorneys to delay the start of prison sentences for two former state probation officials pending the outcome of their appeals.
Ex-Massachusetts Probation Official Gets 18 MonthsFormer Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O'Brien has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
Former State Probation Commissioner John O'Brien Guilty Of RacketeeringFormer state probation commissioner John O'Brien has been found guilty in a scheme to rig the agency's hiring process to favor applicants who had the backing of powerful state legislators, often at the expense of more qualified job candidates.
Jury Weighs Mass. Probation Job-Rigging CaseIt's now up to a federal jury to decide a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government in Massachusetts.
Closing Arguments Made In John O'Brien Probation Hiring Trial O'Brien, William Burke and Elizabeth Tavares are accused of trying to curry favor with powerful lawmakers by funneling jobs to politically connected applicants at the expense of more qualified candidates.
Openings Delivered In Mass. Probation Hiring TrialThree top state probation officials oversaw a rigged hiring process and handed out jobs like "lollipops" to applicants sponsored by powerful legislators and other public officials, a federal prosecutor told a jury on Thursday.
Jury Selection Begins In Job-Rigging Trial Of Former Probation Commissioner Former commissioner John O'Brien and deputies Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke are charged with rigging the agency's hiring apparatus to secure jobs for people who had been recommended by powerful state legislators
Feds Indict 3 In Mass. Probation Department Hiring ProbeThree former state probation department officials were charged with setting up a "rigged hiring system" that favored job applicants sponsored by powerful state lawmakers.
Top Mass. Probation Official Steps DownAnother top official with the state Probation Department has resigned in the midst of a hiring scandal.