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Former Mass. probation chief acquitted of conspiracy

John J. O’Brien, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Probation, was found not guilty Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court of multiple counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, a victory that his lawyers hope to replicate in his upcoming federal trial on racketeering charges.

O’Brien spent 12 years at the helm of the state Probation Department before resigning in 2010, amid accusations of unfair hiring practices and corruption brought to light by a Globe Spotlight Team investigation.

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