BOSTON Now that there’s a verdict in the corruption trial centered around the Massachusetts Probation Department, a powerful political figure who was mentioned frequently by prosecutors during the case is speaking out about the allegations made against him.
Jurors convicted former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies of racketeering conspiracy and other charges, but the jury concluded that the government did not prove that the defendants had bribed public officials. One of those officials is Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
DeLeo says he feels vindicated, even though he’s worried about the trial’s impact on his reputation. Listen to our full conversation with DeLeo above.