A 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.
Former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is still seething over what he sees as the unfair smearing of his name during the trial of John O’Brien in a probations jobs scandal.
Former 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.
It’s now up to a federal jury to decide a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government in Massachusetts.
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.
In an exclusive interview House Speaker Robert DeLeo says the federal claims have taken a personal toll.
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is strongly denying claims made by prosecutors at the federal trial of the state’s former probation commissioner that DeLeo traded jobs for votes.
Three 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.
A jury has been chosen to hear the federal trial of three former Massachusetts probation officials charged with rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected job seekers.