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.