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Correction: Probation Investigation-Lawsuit story

July 2, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — In a story July 1 about a lawsuit filed by two former Massachusetts Probation Department officials, The Associated Press reported erroneously in which court system the judge worked. He is a retired state judge, not a retired federal judge.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Former probation officials sue ex-state judge over scandal

Former Massachusetts probation officials have filed a lawsuit against a retired state judge they say targeted them in a corruption scandal

BOSTON (AP) — Two former Massachusetts Probation Department officials have filed a $2.85 million lawsuit against a retired state judge they say targeted them in a corruption scandal.

The Boston Globe reports that former probation commissioner John O’Brien and top deputy, Elizabeth Tavares, sued Robert Mulligan on Friday.

The suit claims Mulligan’s vendetta against O’Brien motivated him to cooperate with the Boston Globe on its series about political patronage in the probation department and to later initiate an independent investigation with the state Supreme Judicial Court.

O’Brien and Tavares were convicted in 2014, but an appeals court overturned the convictions.

Their attorney says they were singled out even though patronage is widespread within the state government.

The Globe couldn’t reach Mulligan for comment Sunday. No attorney was listed for Mulligan in court documents.

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