BOSTON (AP) — A judge has refused to throw out the bribery case against former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O'Brien, ruling there is direct evidence that he organized a fundraiser for former state Treasurer Timothy Cahill in an effort to get O'Brien’s wife a job.
The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/TCUNNR ) reports the judge concluded Wednesday that grand jury testimony showed that O'Brien pressured his employees to donate thousands of dollars to Cahill in 2005 based on the ‘‘well-founded perception that his doing so was the means by which his wife would obtain employment.’’
O'Brien and Cahill’s former chief of staff are accused of conspiring to hire Laurie O'Brien and violating campaign finance law.
O'Brien resigned in 2010 in the wake of a hiring scandal. His wife still works for the lottery, which is overseen by the treasurer’s office.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe