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Ex-probation chief may call judge’s former law partner as witness

Lawyers for John J. O’Brien, the disgraced former state Probation Department commissioner, said in court filings Thursday that they may call one of the original investigators in the probation scandal as a witness in O’Brien’s long-awaited trial, setting up a potential conflict of interest with a federal judge.

US District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV, who is overseeing the trial, disclosed at a recent court hearing that he was a former law partner of Paul Ware, a private lawyer who conducted an independent investigation into patronage in the Probation Department and who recommended that criminal charges be filed against O’Brien and others.

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