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O’Brien lawyers spar over use of ‘rigged,’ ‘sham’

Urge that terms be avoided at his trial

With the trial scheduled to start in early May, attorneys for both sides in the corruption case against former state probation commissioner John J. O’Brien are trying to shape the evidence to be presented to a US District Court jury.

In a series of motions filed Monday, O’Brien’s defense lawyers and prosecutors in US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office disagreed on whether, or how, jurors will hear the words “rigged” and “sham.’’

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