A Suffolk Superior Court judge has refused to throw out the bribery case against the former probation commissioner, John J. O’Brien, ruling that there is direct evidence that O’Brien organized a fund-raiser for the former treasurer, Timothy P. Cahill, to help O’Brien’s wife get a job at the state lottery.
Judge Judith Fabricant concluded that grand jury testimony showed that O’Brien pressured his employees to donate thousands to Cahill in 2005 based on “his own well-founded perception that his doing so was the means by which his wife would obtain employment.”
Trading campaign contributions for state jobs “impairs the integrity of government at all levels, along with public confidence in it, to the detriment of the public as a whole,” wrote the judge in her 12-page decision, rejecting all the arguments put forward by O’Brien and his codefendant, Cahill’s former chief of staff, Scott Campbell.
Campbell is accused of conspiring to hire Laurie O’Brien and violating campaign finance law. Cahill was not charged in this case, though he was indicted separately on charges that he used lottery advertising to help his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Cahill and Campbell are scheduled to go on trial in the lottery advertising case next week.
O’Brien and Campbell are scheduled to go on trial in the probation case on Dec. 3.
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