Ex-Mass. Probation Head Wants Judge Off Bribery Case

Law360, New York (February 14, 2014, 12:29 PM EST) -- The former head of the Massachusetts Probation Department on Thursday requested that the federal judge presiding over his bribery and racketeering case recuse himself, alleging his relationships with a chief U.S. attorney and other major players represent a conflict of interest.

John J. O'Brien, who had led the probation department since 1998, is facing a total of 17 counts of bribery, racketeering and mail fraud. O'Brien and co-defendant William Burke claim they recently learned of a "web of relationships" between Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV and...
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