Feds sharpen focus on lawmakers in reignited probation probe

And you believed the Beacon Hill insiders when they said that Bob DeLeo, Terry Murray, and their allies would get off without being charged in the probation dpartment scandal.  Well it looks like the politicians turn at the defense table may still be coming.  The Boston Globe has the story:

Federal prosecutors are pressuring disgraced former state probation commissioner John J. O’Brien to testify in a renewed investigation likely to focus on politicians who took part in the illegal hiring scheme he once ran, according to two people briefed on the probe.

O’Brien, who is appealing his 18-month prison sentence for his role in the patronage scandal, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury about his former agency’s rigged hiring system, which funneled jobs to politically connected candidates, the people briefed on the investigation said. Both asked for anonymity because the probe is secret.

It is not clear which Beacon Hill politicians might be targeted in a new probation investigation. Though the US attorney’s office did not seek indictments against legislators, it named numerous politicians, including House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the scandal. DeLeo denied wrongdoing.

This could be an interesting few months.

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