BOSTON After putting 59 witnesses on the stand over 35 days in the corruption trial of former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien, the prosecution rested its case Friday — and the defense immediately did the same.
Attorneys for O’Brien and two former aides — who are accused of covering up a rigged hiring scheme that favored job candidates recommended by state lawmakers — said they would call no witnesses and are seeking to have the case dismissed before it goes to the jury.
The defense will argue at a hearing on Monday that Judge William Young should directly acquit the defendants because the government’s evidence is insufficient to sustain a conviction.
Jurors were told to return Tuesday for closing arguments. Judge Young expects they will begin deliberations by Wednesday.