Globe should publish the DeLeo transcript
House Speaker Robert DeLeo accused the Boston Globe on Wednesday of deliberately distorting and misrepresenting comments he made in a 2010 deposition about Probation Department hiring, so I expected the Globe to settle the matter by publishing the entire transcript of his testimony today. Instead, Globe editor Brian McGrory issued a statement saying, we “are satisfied that we portrayed his testimony in the context in which it was given.”
DeLeo in 2010 answered questions under oath posed by Paul Ware, an independent counsel hired by the Supreme Judicial Court to investigate hiring practices at the Probation Department. Complete transcripts of Ware’s interviews, including the one with DeLeo, have never been released, but were handed over to law enforcement agencies.
According to the Wednesday Globe story, DeLeo’s answers in 2010 contradicted what emerged later in the trial of former Probation commissioner John O’Brien and two of his top aides. O’Brien and his aides were convicted last year of running a rigged hiring system at the agency and are appealing. The Globe reported earlier this month and in April that the US Attorney’s office is pressing O’Brien, despite his conviction, to testify about high-ranking lawmakers.
The Globe story on Wednesday said DeLeo, even though he had been the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was clueless about the Probation Department budget in his interview with Ware. DeLeo, according to the Globe, was also unaware of a patronage system at Probation and didn’t know that applicants for Probation jobs needed legislative sponsors.
DeLeo called for an investigation of how the transcript of his testimony made it into the hands of the Globe. Ware has refused to release the transcripts. Most observers think US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office is behind the leaks to the Globe, but it’s unclear what her motives are.
However the transcript landed at the Globe, the paper could let the public decide whether it’s reporting DeLeo’s testimony in context by simply posting the entire thing.
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