Probation Department

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

Probation Department

Massachusetts Probation Dept. Job-Rigging Case Heading To Trial

As the U.S. attorney’s office prepares to bring three Massachusetts probation officials to trial on charges they rigged the department’s hiring process to favor politically connected candidates over more qualified ones, the challenge may well be to convince a jury the scheme went beyond routine political patronage and broke the law.

05/03/2014

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

Probation Department

Therese Murray Says Job Referrals Are Routine

Senate President Therese Murray says she never made any phone calls on behalf of applicants seeking jobs with the Massachusetts Probation Department.

03/26/2012

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

Probation Department

Mass. Probation Fires Top Lawyer

The top lawyer at the state Probation Department has been fired by the agency’s acting commissioner for allegedly leaking information to the department’s disgraced former head.

05/31/2011

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