Two state legislators told a federal jury in the trial alleging corruption within the Probation Department that they had secured jobs in the department for friends, without those friends even needing an interview.
State Rep. James O’Day, a Democrat from West Boylston, and state Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr., a Democrat from Clinton, each testified that influential House leader Robert A. DeLeo contacted them in 2007, asking if they wanted to recommend anyone for a job. The jobs were in the Probation Department’s recently expanded electronic monitoring program in Clinton.
“He asked if I knew anyone who might be interested in working at that facility,” O’Day said.
O’Day recommended a friend he worked with at the then-Department of Social Service, and who had helped with his political campaign. The friend was offered a job the day he filled out an application, O’Day testified. Naughton said he recommended the son of a friend, who was also given a job.
Both legislators later supported DeLeo in his quest to become House speaker.
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