Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Now it's with the Feds, Grand Jury looks at Probation Dept

As noted here in the past, the criminal acts, conspiracy, fraud and extortion will now be investigated by federal prosecutors.

From the Globe:
US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz has ordered probation officials to preserve all documents that could be used as evidence in the criminal probe, including e-mails, laptop files, BlackBerry text messages, and all of the agency’s paper records.

“This letter shall notify you that a federal grand jury is and has been conducting an investigation into allegations relating to violations of certain federal statutes,’’ Ortiz wrote to Acting Probation Commissioner Ronald P. Corbett Jr.

Our own AG Coakley has finally weighed in also.
News of the federal investigation comes just days after Attorney General Martha Coakley said she has assigned a team of state prosecutors to “aggressively pursue charges that might stem from bogus hiring and promotion practices at the 2,000-employee state agency.

Like the last 10 years on Beacon Hill, 2011 will begin with many trials and convictions. Beacon Hill will look considerably different in a year or so. When the facts, e mails, and testimony are brought to light, dozens of elected officials and employees will be found to be guilty of making our state look even worse than most would have predicted.

And in almost unbelievable statements be DeLeo, who seems to be oblivious to all that has happened under his watch, seems to condone all the actions of the legislature in this patronage scandal... including defending his actions in getting his god-son a job at the probation department.

The fact that his number three guy in all this Patrillata is still a rep is a sign that the battle is just beginning and those who defend such outright illegal activities should be banned from holding any elected office in this state.


At December 1, 2010 at 11:43 AM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

Another example of MA looking like we are all corrupt and dishonest that is playing out nationally. We can not police our own elected officials, so we have to bring the feds in to do it for us. And yet we continue to elect the same people who condone and participate in this corruption. When are we going to learn?

At December 1, 2010 at 11:52 AM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

You people who are complaining are the same people who continue to elect the democrats to office in this state. Does anyone recognize that there is an option? Why the hell aren’t we throwing them all out and electing independents, or even republicans?

At December 1, 2010 at 12:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

About the voting, don’t scream at the dems. It is the lazy SOBs who are registered as Independents or Republicans who we should be lambasting. They did not bother to go out to the polls in November to support the candidates from their parties, and so the dems once again win. It is not that the dems are so strong, it is more that the rest of you are so weak.

At December 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Jerry G. said...

Is anyone at the Probation Department qualified to work there, or are they all there because they knew someone who got them the job? I think it is a legitimate question, since these people have control over people with criminal records who are walking the streets of this state.

At December 1, 2010 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

Nice to see you back in the ring Jim. Lousy outcome in the election for you, and for the 3000 or so of us who voted for you. Glad to know they may have won the election, but you are still fighting the good fight here.

At December 1, 2010 at 2:26 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

and there lies the million dollar question JG asks... are these people hired to monitor x-cons really qualified to do so.

Deval last night on Greater Boston seemed to be very indifferent about the whole mess and said we can't fire everyone.

I say, bring all of them in for a civil service exam and if they don't pass, hire the best who do and get rid of the others.

Who knows how deep this whole mess could go. But when you read about a violent crime happening involving someone on probation, think Deval, DeLeo, Murray and the legislature.

At December 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A civil service exam does not prove they can do the job. All that proves basically is they can read, write, figure out a math problem, and operate a computer. What part of that is a necessary skill to monitor criminals?

At December 1, 2010 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


If the probation person monitoring the convicted rapist who was on probation, who took of his ankle bracelet, came to Framingham and held a women, repeatably raped her, forced her to take out money from her bank...on so on, bothered to call Framingham PD and at least informed them of his last known whereabouts... maybe... this violent crime against another defenseless women... MAY have been prevented.

The system by which people are hired to safeguard our lives, should at least be one that takes the best of the litter and testing for the basics is a good start.

It's worked for years in other occupations... why not probation?

When the manure hits the fan, the whole system of probation will change. There are studies now that conclude much of what probation said they did... they did not... AND, recidivism rates are largely unchanged or have gotten worse.

Just take it of the hands of people who gain financially from it... or get votes for it.. or otherwise ignore the qualified best person for the job.


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