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Ex-O’Brien aide ties fund-raiser, job

Lottery position would be for wife

A top aide to former Probation Department head John J. O’Brien testified in state court Monday that O’Brien had organized a fund-raiser for Timothy Cahill, then state treasurer, under the understanding it would help O’Brien’s wife get a job.

Francis Wall, a former deputy commissioner under O’Brien who was intimately involved in the office’s hiring and political activities, told jurors in Suffolk Superior Court that he encouraged other employees in the depart­ment to attend the 2005 fund-raiser in Quincy.

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