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Jury finds ex-Probation boss, pals
guilty of racketeering conspiracy

Boston Herald, by Bob McGovern

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Posted By:nhchemist, 7/24/2014 3:15:45 PM

A federal jury today found the state’s former Probation Department commissioner and his top lieutenants guilty of racketeering conspiracy for running a years-long rigged hiring system. Former Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien and his deputies — William H. Burke III and Elizabeth V. Tavares — were accused of a patronage-based scheme in which they would hand out jobs to the politically connected in a quid pro quo with state legislators. (Snip) An all-star defense squad argued that their clients did nothing wrong — they were part of a business-as-usual approach to hiring in the Bay State.

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Politics as usual in Mass. Great defense - "they were part of a business-as-usual approach to hiring in the Bay State." Maybe that´s why the last 3 Mass House Speakers were convicted of crimes.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 7/24/2014 3:36:45 PM     (No. 9938545)

Its worse than that OP, While the speaker was shown to have handed lists of unqualified friends ad relatives to the Probation department for immediate hiring with no interview or background check he was not indicted. Not because of the usual political protection racket, but according to Mass State law he had done nothing wrong. Nepotism is not only the way most are hired in this cesspit, its sanctioned and legal.

The reason for no indictment was simple, they could prove he had simply ordered the isiots hired at high wages for no work and sometimes no show jobs but they couldn´t show any reciprocal actions, no quid pro quo. So for now Deleo skates.

Just Mass corruption, par for the course, nothing to see here folks just move it on along....

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