Jury Weighs Mass. Probation Job-Rigging CaseIt's now up to a federal jury to decide a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government in Massachusetts.
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.
Keller @ Large: DeLeo Says Feds Unfairly Smeared Him In Probation CaseIn an exclusive interview House Speaker Robert DeLeo says the federal claims have taken a personal toll.
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.
Massachusetts Probation Dept. Job-Rigging Case Heading To TrialAs 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.
Judge In Trial Of Former Probation Commissioner Steps AsideThe judge in the trial of former Massachusetts Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien has recused himself.
Speaker DeLeo: I'm Not Target Of Federal ProbeMassachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday that he's confident he is not the target of an ongoing investigation into the state Probation Department.
Therese Murray Says Job Referrals Are RoutineSenate President Therese Murray says she never made any phone calls on behalf of applicants seeking jobs with the Massachusetts Probation Department.
Feds Indict 3 In Mass. Probation Department Hiring ProbeThree former state probation department officials were charged with setting up a "rigged hiring system" that favored job applicants sponsored by powerful state lawmakers.
Mass. Probation Fires Top LawyerThe 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.
Mass. SJC Reviews Report On Hiring PracticesThe Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court says it will start implementing some of the recommendations made by a task force appointed to review hiring of court officers.
DeLeo Proposes Probation Hiring OverhaulHouse Speaker Robert DeLeo says he will file legislation aimed at cleaning up the hiring and promotion practices of the state Probation Department.