Broadside: Spotlight on patronage
Boston Globe Spotlight team has exposed patronage scandal in Massachusetts Probation Department
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Boston Globe spotlight team has racked up lots of prizes for its investigative work. And there may be and other prizes -- the offering of the journalism drug as a paying attention. I guess reporters got bounced from the spotlight -- expose the patronage scandal. And the masters is provision department's -- we get to see -- -- to see you guys -- this thing and then hole where gets picked by the yesterday's these fringe of the court to be the independent investigator whatever. He comes out with his. Killer report the other day what are we learned from Paul where that we didn't know -- read the globe few -- -- We we actually learned that the problem which is. Pace of play and we jobs being for sale on probation department was actually much worse than we thought it was. Here we don't have subpoena power we can't put people on the stand cross examine them. He discovered the hole. Sham system they had for pretending that they were looking for people to work for them when really it was -- select. Can anyone O'Brien -- for the suspend the commission -- somebody beneath them. Give higher grades than Jane go because she was a contributor legislator acts and she would get -- elevated potentially about somebody was former all but for the job. That's right and Indians and -- -- that is entirely systematic it was his public process where they would pretend into the hundreds of thousands of people. Knowing full well that a small number of politically connected people written on Jack -- -- posted no we're gonna get a job. Correction Boozer cracked before will be senator Rosie says he had subpoena power was able all these people and and get dances well he was able homeland but it wasn't always able to get answers that O'Brien sending -- probation commissioner. No actually you you make an excellent point O'Brien clammed up deeply pled the Fifth Amendment. How about pound center who was not only jogging or former speaker of the house now felon. Horse you're gonna house who was a jogging partner -- O'Brien. Helped set up at least this this. Powerful separation kind of thing. He comes before this committee -- -- Well he took a fifteen minute to an awesome height. He would not confirm his home address what's your career address and that's where based on advice from counsel says that are not gonna answer that question. He would need to answer the question as to whether or not what this guy's name Richard days was actually his lawyer. Yes the man sitting next to him the ball -- stat is the man sitting next to you you're attorney and he -- to -- And so since a year -- questions he -- no -- an opportunity and you I think court. They're cleverly. It is fair in your case but he was willing to make comment on his radio show. The next morning you know it was -- comments under oath. Let's talk about the reaction first I am stunned that I'm not as naive design appear the Republicans said what do they should say in their majority Donovan any real power. The governor said he had a plan in January. And they've listened to this maybe this wouldn't happen. Charlie Murphy is only legacies the house your ways and means number to guide to the -- -- probably -- just footnote to ones statement. Troy Murphy's first one is we're not gonna make rash judgments okay. He then says maybe you can answer the question here ask this question is there any evidence to suggest the job of herself. He says the answer is now it seems to me from reading what you wrote and what all where decided the answer is yes you make a contribution. And your likelihood of getting -- job of probation political contribution legislator increases exponentially is that unfair statement absolutely fair statement and Eagles that it goes on to say it in the case that I find the most appalling. People give us a brief the number three guy in the house is caused such a lot of from Ludlow. Who. Has been on luck on his recommended list who has made it into the probation department higher in areas -- there. Well I -- certainly his life. She get a specially created job for her. I his legislative aid his high school classmate. K's spells of his former she's because of his former -- financial contributors. Well. You know something that is at least a hundred at least hold at least and he controls the chief probation officers west of what's there 80% of them dropped that a lot of people not. You -- -- -- -- the worst are run -- puts a lot of people and on that note when Troy -- was asked about this proposed by the glow over beyond. Quote phone calls were made to help people as a responding -- and charged. And I'm not -- apologize for that so I guess the implication is that phone calls are made and get her hundreds of more than a hundred contributors your wife. Give me your former agent current spouses and all these kinds. Yet again and I want to save it did. It is as old as time itself the politicians help defense to get jobs and they recommend candidates. This was much more a lap around the thought about the person's recommend and they're qualified should hire the first. You say much more elaborate meeting -- meeting. Pat O'Brien will go to the state house meet the top leaders they would promised money he would come back and say okay gotta get these five these six people. Get an -- move into the finals it was basic very close to a quid pro quo for his budget mine. Now if you're an -- member of the general public can you hear what their legislative response is get terribly depressed. Should we give me happier by the fact that the inspector general after the -- comes out says he's not gonna look at his body real power in the situation at all. Let's keep guys being one of the things he has from -- and looked out yet is the way in which all of these parts of probation department we just popped up -- millions of dollars and taxpayers' money. So that they can hire more people to put more patrons on the Patriots list. I'm okay occasionally actually a more money they've requested from LaToya is running forehand and even ask for yes and now we know -- -- attorney general and years of Martha Coakley in the US -- horror. This has been referred through some -- for Scott Harshbarger was going to be leading the way in the future on this the tests were sitting there on Friday night I think. And I said don't do use a former prosecutors believe the crimes are committed and said the answer is yes. We have any indication from either -- for the US attorney that they believe the answer is yes. They have not said that. Thought they said this is a top priority for me take a close look in the US attorney descended -- not to -- that way. Now isn't welcome from new guys we know we've heard from Paul where we heard from I mean without the -- at the most appalling part of this regional to come -- to me at least. Is we're not for the Boston Globe and a few pieces written and other publications. This football forever is there more -- our goal oh absolutely in the relatively near future absolutely hope that happens got around you when your colleagues that brilliant work and hope to serve lots of results the follows Scott thank you so much -- -- -- -- online at boston.com. And hopefully this is me speaking about him. We'll be reading about indictments in the future things got down parkas on next.