Judge In Trial Of Former Probation Commissioner Steps Aside

March 6, 2014 5:42 PM
Judge In Trial Of Former Probation Commissioner Steps Aside
" BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The judge in the trial of former Massachusetts Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien has recused himself.

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US District Court Judge Dennis Saylor said he is stepping aside to maintain “public confidence in the fairness and integrity of this proceeding.”

In a 20-page decision announcing his decision Thursday, Saylor wrote that the defense decision to call his friend, fellow US District Court Judge Timothy Hillman, as a witness was his primary reason to recuse himself.

Saylor said he regrets the decision because it will cause disruption and delay in the trial.

Saylor had previously refused to recuse himself when the defense called into question his friendship with a prosecutor.

O’Brien and two managers were indicted two years ago and the trial was scheduled to start at the end of this month "

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