Legal analyst Dean Elect Michael Coyne: Government corruption too ‘easily’ accepted in Mass.


July 16, 2014, 9:12 am

Deliberations begin Wednesday in the trial of the former Massachusetts Probation Commission.

John O’Brien and his two deputies are accused of rigging the agencies hiring process.

O’Brien, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke “cheated people out of jobs,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Karin Bell.

Michael Coyne from the Mass. School of Law joined NECN to break down the latest developments in regards to the case.

Prosecutors describe O’Brien as the architect of a scheme that involved generating a so-called “sponsor lists” of candidates recommended for jobs in probation.

Coyne says the defense is presenting a case that government corruption is an acceptable way of life.

“I think it’s a going to be a difficult job that this jury now has to sort out the arguments between the prosecution and the defense.”

This case could change the way business is done in the state.

“Far to easily we accept government corruption,” said Coyne.

All three defendants could be issued separate verdicts in this case though, they all face conspiracy charges. 


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