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Former state probation commissioner John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV )

Former State Probation Commissioner John O’Brien Guilty Of Racketeering

Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien has been found guilty in a scheme to rig the agency’s hiring process to favor applicants who had the backing of powerful state legislators, often at the expense of more qualified job candidates.

07/24/2014

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

John O'Brien. (WBZ-TV)

Openings Delivered In Mass. Probation Hiring Trial

Three top state probation officials oversaw a rigged hiring process and handed out jobs like “lollipops” to applicants sponsored by powerful legislators and other public officials, a federal prosecutor told a jury on Thursday.

05/08/2014

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

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

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