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Former Massachusetts Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien. (WBZ-TV)

Judge In Trial Of Former Probation Commissioner Steps Aside

The judge in the trial of former Massachusetts Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien has recused himself.

03/06/2014

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaker DeLeo: I’m Not Target Of Federal Probe

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday that he’s confident he is not the target of an ongoing investigation into the state Probation Department.

07/24/2013

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Mass. House Speaker DeLeo Spent $300,000 On Recent Legal Fees

House Speaker Robert DeLeo has reported spending $300,000 on legal fees during the first half of the year as investigators ramped up their probe of the Massachusetts Probation Department.

07/22/2013

John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV)

Former Mass. Probation Commissioner Facing New Federal Charges

The former commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Department, acquitted this month of state corruption charges, is facing new federal bribery charges.

04/25/2013

Probation Department

2 Top Mass. Probation Aides Granted Immunity

Two one-time top aides to the former Massachusetts probation commissioner facing corruption charges have been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony.

07/18/2012

Probation Department

Feds Indict 3 In Mass. Probation Department Hiring Probe

Three former state probation department officials were charged with setting up a “rigged hiring system” that favored job applicants sponsored by powerful state lawmakers.

03/23/2012

Former Tim Cahill aide Scott Campbell (Left Photo courtesy: The Boston Globe) | Former Probation Commissioner John O'Brien (at right)

Former Probation Commissioner Faces Possibility of Prison

Martha Coakley is announcing criminal indictments against the state’s former probation commissioner and the chief of staff to former state Treasurer Timothy Cahill.

09/19/2011

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Essex County Mortgages Could Have Fake Signatures

Hundreds of mortgages on file at a local Registry of Deeds could contain fake signatures. That’s the charge leveled by Southern Essex County Register of Deeds John O’Brien.

05/03/2011

Probation Department

O’Brien Resigns As Commissioner Of Probation Department

The man at the center of the probation scandal has resigned. John O’Brien stepped down Friday as commissioner of the Probation Department.

12/31/2010

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Mass. Court Orders Shake-Up Of Probation Dept.

Massachusetts highest court is ordering a massive shake-up of the state’s probation department after an independent review revealed what the justices described as a system of “abuse and corruption” in hiring practices.

11/18/2010