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Bribery, patronage debated at trial’s end

Probation officials portrayed as corrupt in final arguments

After 35 days of testimony, 60 witnesses, and more than 207 exhibits, it came down to this:

With a federal jury listening closely, federal prosecutors sought to portray three former Probation Department officials as corrupt public servants who hijacked their department’s hiring process for their own political gain and who bribed legislators with jobs for legislative favors.

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