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John O’Brien’s lawyers decry US tactics

Lashing out at prosecutors, lawyers for disgraced former Probation Department head John O’Brien asked a federal judge to order the US attorney’s office to turn over evidence in his criminal case, saying prosecutors have refused to do so even when materials could clear him of any wrongdoing.

In a sharply worded, 29-page court motion, defense lawyers also severely took issue with the nature of the charges against O’Brien and two top deputies, who are accused of racketeering for rigging the depart­ment’s hiring process to curry favor with legislators.

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