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Probation trial jury set to resume deliberations Thursday

Former probation commissioner John J. O’Brien left the federal courthouse in Boston on Wednesday.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Former probation commissioner John J. O’Brien left the federal courthouse in Boston on Wednesday.

Jurors in the Probation Department corruption trial were sent home without reaching a verdict Wednesday after eight hours of deliberations.

The jury of seven men and five women are slated to return to US District Court in Boston Thursday morning to continue deliberating the charges against former Probation Department chief John J. O’Brien and top deputies Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke III. Testimony in the trial began May 8, and 60 witnesses testified over 35 days.

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The defendants are accused of running the Probation Department like a criminal enterprise, handing out jobs to the friends of state legislators in exchange for favors. They face charges including mail fraud, racketeering, and racketeering conspiracy.

Milton Valencia can be reached at milton.valencia@globe.com
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