U.S. asks judge to uphold probation hiring verdict

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are urging a judge not to disturb the convictions of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two associates.

In court papers filed on Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s office says lawyers for O’Brien, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke are making “the same old and tired arguments” in their bid for either a judgment of acquittal or a new trial.

The three were convicted in July by a federal jury on charges they schemed to rig the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants.

Defense attorneys argued in previously filed motions that there was insufficient evidence to support the guilty verdicts and that Judge William Young gave faulty instructions to the jury.

Young has scheduled an Oct. 22 hearing on the defense motions. Sentencing is currently scheduled for Nov. 12.

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