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Mass. Court OKs Subpoena In State Probation Probe

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The state's highest court has rejected a challenge by state Rep. Thomas Petrolati to a subpoena he received as part of a probe into the state Probation Department.

Petrolati has been fighting the subpoena to appear before Paul Ware, an independent counsel appointed by the state Supreme Judicial Court to investigate corrupt hiring practices by the department.

Petrolati argued Ware doesn't have the authority to investigate lawmakers. The court said Ware is only trying to determine if Petrolati has information needed for the investigation.

The Boston Globe has reported that Petrolati's wife, former aide and numerous financial supporters have received jobs in the department. The Ludlow Democrat is a top deputy to House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

This program aired on September 16, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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