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Public defender appointed for ex-probation chief

A lawyer with the Federal Public Defender Office has been appointed to represent John J. O’Brien, the former state probation commissioner charged with racketeering.

US Magistrate Judge Timothy Hillman agreed Thursday to appoint Stylianus Sinnis to represent O’Brien, after refusing to appoint two lawyers O’Brien had hand-picked. Public defender William Fick also signed on to the case this afternoon.

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