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Corruption trial of ex-probation chief O’Brien begins

Former Massachusetts Probation Department head John J. O’Brien used his influence to turn out attendees for a political fundraiser for then-Treasurer Timothy Cahill in exchange for a job for his wife, a prosecutor said today in opening statements in O’Brien’s corruption trial.

Defense attorneys for O’Brien, who faces five charges of bribery and corruption, insisted that his wife, Laurie, received her job with the Massachusetts Lottery Commission, which is chaired by the treasurer, without her husband’s involvement.

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