Friday, November 7, 2014

ex-probation chief

From the Globe

In a case that exmplifies whats wrong with Beacon Hill, prosecutors are asking for 70 months in prision for one of this States biggest insiders. As the trail progressed, it was clear from the start that Mr. O'Brian was guilting of a fraudulent hiring sceme and trading probation dept jobs to friends and relatives of State Legislators. House Speaker Bob DeLeo's name was mentioned throughout the trial and he has adimentley denied any wrong doing. But as we know, his nephew got a cherry job because of his connections as have many state workers. I was very disappointed to see Mr. DeLeo not get indicated for using his position to give friends and family cushy high paying jobs that they may not have been qualified for.

The Governor elect is already planning his first 60 days and prescription drugs and campaign finance reform is on his radar. Lets see when and if he gets around to cleaning up our State Government and who will stand in his way from the hill.


At November 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The gov elect has to try and build some bridges with the legislators if he wants to get anything at all done. Going after them in his first 60 days in office is not going to build any bridges. I agree the state is buried in corruption, but it is not going to get fixed the first 60 days a new governor is in office. Of that I am sure.

At November 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does DeLeo's nephew still have the cushiony job? How about telling Baker to fire him? That should send a clear message.

At November 7, 2014 at 6:37 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

I believe he does.
talk about building bridges.. with the west.. Charlie is in Springfield and Worcester where he lost big

Now that's what I call... burying the hatchet

I'm impressed as he said about the earned sick time.."the voters have spoken".

But he can't take his eye off those departments who will make his life a nightmare.

There's already talk of a different deficit amount.. sound familiar. Each time a new one comes in... it's always the last one that left the mess to clean up.

And what can Charlie do about the 500 state employees who were switched over to a union by Deval, so they could keep their jobs when Charlie moved in?

That move really shows the contempt for the system.

At November 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

The court has sentenced O'Brian to 18 months in jail and a 25,000 dollar fine. Judge William Young told the court, "What we have here, in this courts considered judgement, is fundamentally decent people utterly without a moral compass. at sea, in a field awash in political patronage".

O'Brians top deputy got 3 months in prison, while William Burke, the Deputy of western Massachusetts got a year of probation.

The prosecutors in this case have identified 30 co-conspirators, including state reps, House and Senate leaders who were clearly involved in the hiring scheme, but none, including DeLeo and Murray have been charged.

While the judge has claimed "patronage hiring of staff in the Massachusetts judiciary is over, without charging the higher ups on the Hill, lads me to believe nothing will change, it just will be more secretive in the future.

And my last question is, will these 3 be eligible for their state pensions?

At November 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never thought about the pension question you raise. How do we find that out?

At November 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

I wrote to Chris Walsh for an answer


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