(Some light reading for tonight. I printed out a copy and will be reading and posting on this in depth later this evening. Suffice it to say we need a special prosecutor in Massachusetts. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
The state’s highest court, armed with a special counsel’s report that details widespread “abuse and systemic corruption” in the state’s Probation Department, said today the senior court officials will move to fire Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien, suspend several of his top deputies and forward the report to prosecutors for potential criminal investigation.
The Supreme Judicial Court’s stunning announcement came as the court unsealed a devastating report from an independent counsel that concluded that O’Brien and other probation leaders “committed pervasive fraud against the Commonwealth” for years, creating a phony hiring process to hide the systematic funneling of hundreds of jobs to politically-connected candidates.
The independent counsel, Paul F. Ware Jr., called for the immediate dismissal of O’Brien and some deputy commissioners for “abuse and systemic corruption,” and said that the group are “potential targets” for prosecution.
The Supreme Judicial Court, in a statement, strongly embraced Ware’s conclusions.
Ware said that literally dozens of probation employees actively participated in “rigging” the interview process to create the appearance of a fair system when, in fact, O’Brien pre-selected candidates for practically every job opening in the 2,000-employee agency down to entry level clerical workers.
The 307-page report bristles with examples where O’Brien and his staff knowingly hire and promote inferior candidates — and, in one case, a convicted felon – to probation positions to placate key legislators who control his budget. At one point, Ware wrote, O’Brien became furious at a probation supervisor because she refused to go along with a plan to hire a former state senator’s son who was both a felon and a former heroin addict. O’Brien hired Douglas MacLean anyway. The supervisor was banished to do audits far from her home.
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here’s a link to the 337 page report