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The Boston Globe


Kevin Cullen

Conflicted interest

It was with considerable reluctance and more than a tinge of regret that Dennis Saylor recused himself as judge in the federal trial of Jack O’Brien, former state probation chief, and two of O’Brien’s aides.

A relentless, full court press by defense attorneys got Saylor to tap out, even as he insisted that remaining on the case did not present an actual conflict, just the possible appearance of one.

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