The jury in the corruption trial of former probation chief John J. O’Brien and two top aides ended Tuesday without a verdict, marking the fifth day of closed-door conversation a Boston courthouse.
Since getting the case last week, the jury of seven men and five women in US District Court have deliberated for nearly 38 hours. They are scheduled to return Wednesday.
O’Brien and two top deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke III, are charged with unlawfully doling out jobs to the friends and family members of the politically connected in exchange for favors from state legislators.
Prosecutors allege that the probation officials committed fraud by creating a bogus hiring process to make it look as though they were complying with policies and procedures.
Defense attorneys argue that nothing their clients did was illegal, that it was simply patronage typical of Beacon Hill politics.
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