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Many top officials on witness lists in Probation trial

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Prosecutors and defense lawyers have listed a slew of current and former elected officials who may be called as witnesses in the upcoming corruption trial of former probation commissioner John J. O’Brien and two of his top aides, according to court records filed on Tuesday.

O’Brien and his codefendants are accused of running a rigged hiring system that favored candidates sponsored by state legislators over more qualified ones, in exchange for favorable budget appropriations.

Many of the most intriguing names on the potential witness lists filed on Tuesday came from defense attorneys, who say their clients did nothing illegal and merely engaged in political patronage.

Defense attorneys indicated they may call Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, and Senate President Therese Murray.

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