More: O’Brien/Probation Case
Select trial coverage:
- 7/28: Prosecution Strategy Criticized
- 7/24: Former Probation Commissioner Guilty Of Racketeering, Mail Fraud
- 7/16: As O’Brien Trial Winds Down, DeLeo Again Front And Center
- 7/14: Case Will Go To Jury
- 7/11: Prosecution, Defense Rest
- 7/10: Speaker DeLeo Scrutinized, But Not Charged, In Corruption Trial
- 6/11: Former Official Says He Was Given O’Brien’s Picks Before Interviews
- 5/21: Father Of Probation Officer, A Judge, Testifies
- 5/16: Top Aide To Murray Testifies To Role In Probation Hiring
- 5/14: Former Top Aide Says Probation Department Hired Politically Connected
- 5/13: Official Says He Signed Off On ‘Woefully Inadequate’ Job Applicant
- 5/12: Official Offers Inside Account Of Rigged Hiring
- 5/9: Co-Defendant Distances Herself From The Boss
BOSTON — A former state judge testified on Thursday that her involvement in the probation department hiring of a job applicant who was the girlfriend of a state senator felt like “a sham.”
This is the latest development in the corruption trial of former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two former deputies.
Ex-Judge Elizabeth O’Neill LaStaiti said she sat on the interview panel with two members of the probation department when Kelly Manchester, the girlfriend of state Sen. Mark Montigny, applied to be a probation officer in New Bedford.
She was not qualified, testified LaStaiti, who says she complained to another judge after Manchester was hired.
The former judge says one of the other interviewers had told her of Manchester’s relationship to Montigny before the interview.
“That appeared to be her only qualification for the job,” LaStaiti said in court Thursday.