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.
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.
The judge in the trial of former Massachusetts Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien has recused himself.
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.
Senate President Therese Murray says she never made any phone calls on behalf of applicants seeking jobs with the Massachusetts Probation Department.
Three former state probation department officials were charged with setting up a “rigged hiring system” that favored job applicants sponsored by powerful state lawmakers.
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.