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Two detail how they got probation jobs

Two people who obtained their probation jobs with help from state Senate President Therese Murray took the witness stand in a federal corruption trial Wednesday as prosecutors sought to show that they were hired only because they were politically connected.

Melissa Melia, the daughter of a State Police detective lieutenant assigned to the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office, asked Murray to help her get a job, according to prosecutors. And Patricia Mosca was a worker in the Department of Transitional Assistance who lobbied one of Murray’s aides for the senator’s support in getting a job, said prosecutors, who added that Mosca was looking to boost her pension.

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