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Ex-Federal Judge Gertner Discusses Overturned Convictions In Probation Dept. Corruption Case04:22
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Former state probation Commissioner John O'Brien leaves Boston federal court on July 15, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Former state probation Commissioner John O'Brien leaves Boston federal court on July 15, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O'Brien and two top aides convicted two years ago on federal corruption charges related to a Probation Department patronage scandal will not be going to prison.

A federal appeals court judge has thrown out their 2014 convictions, calling patronage distasteful — but not illegal. The judge also said that federal prosecutors overstepped their bounds.

For more, we turned to WBUR legal analyst Nancy Gertner, a former federal judge.

This segment aired on December 20, 2016.

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