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Former state probation commissioner John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV )

Judge Denies Sentence Delay In Probation Case

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.

11/25/2014

Former state probation commissioner John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV )

Ex-Massachusetts Probation Official Gets 18 Months

Former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

11/13/2014

Mass. House Speaker Robert DeLeo spoke to WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller about the verdict in the probation jobs scandal trial. (WBZ-TV)

DeLeo Claims Vindication But Slams Prosecutors In Probation Jobs Case

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.

07/25/2014

Former state probation commissioner John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV )

Former State Probation Commissioner John O’Brien Guilty Of Racketeering

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.

07/24/2014

John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV)

Jury Weighs Mass. Probation Job-Rigging Case

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.

07/16/2014

John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV)

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.

07/15/2014

House Speaker Robert DeLeo (WBZ-TV)

Keller @ Large: DeLeo Says Feds Unfairly Smeared Him In Probation Case

In an exclusive interview House Speaker Robert DeLeo says the federal claims have taken a personal toll.

07/11/2014

House Speaker Robert DeLeo. (WBZ-TV)

Speaker DeLeo: Quid Pro Quo Claim ‘Inaccurate & Inflammatory’

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.

07/09/2014

John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV)

Openings Delivered In Mass. Probation Hiring Trial

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.

05/08/2014

John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV)

Jury Chosen In Probation Job-Rigging Trial

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.

05/07/2014

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