Ex-MA Probation Chief Acquitted in Bribery Case, Faces Second Charge


Former Massachusetts Department of Probation commissioner John O'Brien was found not guilty of multiple counts of conspiracy to commit bribery in the first of two court cases he faces spawning from his time leading the department, the Boston Globe reports. A jury found the evidence did not substantiate charges that O'Brien, who resigned in 2010, used his position to turn out department employees for a political fundraiser in exchange for a coveted Massachusetts Lottery Commission job for his wife.

“We are disappointed in this verdict, and believe the evidence showed that Commissioner O'Brien traded campaign contributions for a taxpayer-funded job for his wife,” said Martha Coakley, Massachusetts attorney genera. “While some may believe that this type of behavior is 'business as usual,' we did not and do not believe that should be the case.” Prosecutors alleged that O'Brien used his influence to turn out attendees for a political fund-raiser for then-treasurer Timothy Cahill in exchange for a job for his wife.

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