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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

Nicolas Guaman in Worcester Superior Court, May 19, 2014. (WBZ-TV)

Judge Issues Mixed Verdict For Illegal Immigrant In Milford Dragging Death

A man from Ecuador accused of dragging a Milford motorcyclist to his death under his pickup truck was found not guilty Monday of second-degree murder but will serve 12-to-14 years in prison on motor vehicle manslaughter and homicide charges.

05/19/2014

Robel Phillipos (L), Azamat Tazhayakov (C),  Dias Kadyrbayev (R)

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Friends To Be Tried Separately In Mass.

Three college friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will be tried separately, but those trials do not need to be moved out of Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

05/13/2014

John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV)

Jury Selection Begins In Job-Rigging Trial Of Former Probation Commissioner

Former commissioner John O’Brien and deputies Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke are charged with rigging the agency’s hiring apparatus to secure jobs for people who had been recommended by powerful state legislators

05/05/2014

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

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev previously appearing in Boston federal court. (Sketch from Christine Cornell)

Lawyers For Marathon Bombing Suspect Want To Block ‘Betrayal’ Argument

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say federal prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to use his status as a new American citizen to argue that his alleged “betrayal” of the United States is one reason he should be put to death.

05/01/2014

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

Aisling  Brady McCarthy (Credit: Cambridge Police/Mugshot)

No Bail For Irish Nanny In Mass. Baby’s Death

An Irish nanny charged with murder in the death of a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl is returning to court so her attorney and prosecutors can brief the judge on their trial preparations.

02/21/2014

Annie Dookhan outside Roxbury District Court Oct. 10, 2012. (Photo courtesy: AP-WBZ-TV)

Trial For Chemist In Drug Lab Scandal Set For January

A judge Friday in Boston scheduled a Jan. 6 trial date for Annie Dookhan, whose prosecution sent ripples through Massachusetts’ criminal justice system.

08/16/2013

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