Prosecution, Defense Rest In Probation Corruption Trial

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.

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