BOSTON — A federal judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the charges against former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and his two co-defendants.
The government alleges that O’Brien and his co-defendants engaged in a scheme to trade votes for bigger budgets and other favors from legislators, in return for hiring applicants sponsored by legislative leaders using a rigged process they tried to make look legitimate.
Defense attorneys argued Monday that the evidence presented by prosecutors over 35 days, including testimony from 59 witnesses, was insufficient to sustain a conviction.
Judge William Young rejected that argument and scheduled closing arguments for Tuesday.
The jury could begin deliberating as early as Tuesday afternoon.