The trial of former Massachusetts probation officer John O'Brien and two of his deputies continued on Monday. They are charged with fraud and racketeering for allegedly running a rigged hiring and promotion scheme.
Francine Gannon, a top aide to Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray, testified about how she helped politically-connected job applicants.
- "Francine Gannon, Murray’s director of constituent services, said she fielded phone calls and notes from job seeker Patrick Lawton and reached out to a top aide to former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien for help securing employment."
- "Francine Gannon, Murray’s constituent services coordinator for seven years, testified that Murray’s friend and former campaign manager Kevin O’Reilly first lobbied her in February 2008 for a job for Patrick Lawton, whose father and grandfather were judges. Murray herself, Gannon said, also asked her at one point, “How are we doing on him?” referring to Lawton’s hiring."
- "Prosecutors say the patronage itself was not illegal. But they contend that an elaborate cover-up — involving sham interviews for competing job candidates with little chance of being hired — amounts to fraud."
This segment aired on May 19, 2014.