You Can’t Say I Didn’t Tell You O’Brien Would Walk. It is sort of comforting to have called out the rogue prosecutors and those who inspired them and worked with them and be vindicated. Judge Young should have known better than to allow the case to go to the jury. No fair minded prosecutors would ever have brought the case. It was a pure matter of everyday patronage in which judges, prosecutors, legislators, officials of government, unions and businesses engage in every day – although it is only looked upon with a suspect eye when public funds are involved which makes it a little tawdry but not illegal.
How sweet it is to read these words: “We find that the government overstepped its bounds in using federal criminal statutes to police the hiring practices of these Massachusetts state officials and did not provide sufficient evidence to establish a criminal violation of Massachusetts law under the government’s theory of the case”
An honest court following long established law rebuked the judge and the prosecutors for their gross overstepping. It returned sanity to Massachusetts federal authorities who fortunately are on their way out. Good riddance to those who sought to ingratiate themselves with the Boston Globe by joining in its endeavor to punish Probation Commissioner O’Brien whose crime seemed to be he was Irish and graduated from Boston College and sought to run an effective probation department by giving jobs to qualified people who were recommended by politicians and judges. Did anyone but me ever point out that under O’Brien crime was down, recidivism was down and the probation department doing its work effectively?
How cruel was it to ruin this man’s life because the Globe demanded he be indicted by Carmen Ortiz and her henchmen headed by Feddy Wyshak. How ignominious were the Federals to bring down all the government forces on him to push him into bankruptcy and to steal from him his good name. For shame! For shame! To make up a crime and then expand it into a racketeering charge by adding in two other innocents to make it a criminal enterprise. How disgraceful to charge these three who did not put a penny in their pockets but sought to make things better.
Imagine being charged with not hiring “the best people.” The prosecutor arrogated to himself the decision on who should have been hired. And deciding that O’Brien did not meet his standards indicted him on a felony carrying a twenty year sentence. The prosecutor whose whole carrier had been on the public payroll as a prosecutor suddenly decided he knew better who would make better probation officers than a man and two others who spent their career in that field.
Did anyone other than me call out this huge abuse of power? If this stood as I poined out years ago you could charge a woman selling T shirts with racketeering. Anyone doing a lawful act like picketing could be charged with racketeering.
Where is our watchdog media? Unfortunately it has made bed with the federal prosecutors. Where are our federal judges at the trial level? Is it that they are too close to the prosecutors? Or is it they curry favor with the media like the prosecutors and cozy up to malicious destroyers of reputations like Howie Carr. Think of how many of you enjoy Carr’s mendacity and how evil and wrong he is in grinding his sordid pen into the underdog.
Go from this Globe/Ortiz/Carr vendetta to others perpetrated by this combine. Think of how they soiled the name of a great public servant of 37 years who rose to the pinnacle of power without a blemish to his name other than their fabrications about him. His crime was he had an older sibling who was a evil criminal. A Globe writer called upon people to shun him as if he belonged to an outcast race.
In these dire days when we face an uncertain future with the take over of our government by a new force of vandals we can be thankful for the one bright light held out by he federal appeal judges. Our civilization may well rest on their shoulders.
Congratulations to O’Brien and the few who stuck by him.