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Judge rejects delay in trial of disgraced former probation commissioner John J. O’Brien

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After a spirited hearing, a federal judge today refused to postpone the long-awaited trial for John J. O’Brien, the disgraced former probation commissioner.

The ruling came despite pleas by lawyers for O’Brien and his top deputies, who argued they were still sifting through thousands of documents that federal prosecutors had only recently turned over, and that they were still awaiting more documents.

“This case needs to be brought to trial,” US District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said.“There is always a scramble at the end, even in a simple trial.”

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