Federal prosecutors said Monday that they will introduce evidence confirming there was a quid pro quo agreement by which probation officials gave jobs to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s favored applicants, and, in return, DeLeo provided legislative favors for probation officials.
Assistant US Attorney Robert A. Fisher said prosecutors plan to call several current and former legislators and aides to testify about conversations they had with DeLeo and the former probation commissioner, John J. O’Brien, that were allegedly part of that agreement.
It was the first time prosecutors have used the phrase quid pro quo to describe DeLeo’s involvement in the alleged hiring scheme that gave preference to politically connected applicants. In the past, prosecutors have alleged that O’Brien and his deputies effectively bribed legislators, and called witnesses who said DeLeo doled out probation jobs to help in his bid to become speaker.
“This testimony provides substantial proof” of the racketeering and conspiracy allegations, prosecutors said in court documents, requesting more time to present what they called an essential part of their case.
For instance, one of DeLeo’s top aides, Toby Morelli, will testify about an agreement DeLeo allegedly had with O’Brien to protect O’Brien’s budget from the chief justice, who had discretion over probation spending, according to prosecutors.
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