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Probation Corruption Case Will Go To Jury

A federal judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the charges against former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O'Brien and his two co-defendants.

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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.

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Prosecutors on Monday also alleged that House Speaker Robert DeLeo was part of the alleged conspiracy. DeLeo is not charged with a crime, and has denied any wrongdoing.

The jury could begin deliberating as early as Tuesday afternoon.

David Boeri Senior Reporter
David Boeri is a senior reporter at WBUR.

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