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John O'Brien, former Massachusetts probation department commissioner, stands outside the Federal Courthouse in South Boston (AP),
John O'Brien, former Massachusetts probation department commissioner, stands outside the Federal Courthouse in South Boston (AP),

The clouds that are looming over the State House have grown a little darker.

But they aren't the kind bringing relief from the heat. No, these clouds have been gathering since May 23, 2010.

That's when The Boston Globe first reported that the state Probation Department was rife with patronage hires. The Globe found as many as 250 probation employees had either donated a significant amount of money or had personal ties to state officials — including big-name politicians.

Since the initial report, multiple investigations have been launched, including one by the state Attorney General's office, which yesterday revealed it has cut a deal with two former Probation Department aides.

In exchange for their testimony against former Probation Commissioner John O'Brien — who is facing federal charges of racketeering, conspiracy and more- - the two former aides have been granted immunity from prosecution.

Guests:

  • Scott Allen, editor of The Boston Globe's Metro Investigative Team

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This segment aired on July 18, 2012.

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