Probation Scandal Plays Out in Western Mass

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Probation Scandal Plays Out in Western Mass

The spotlight is on Western Mass in the state Probation Department scandal.  Friday, the acting head of probation at Hampshire Superior Court was found guilty of federal witness tampering.  Christopher Hoffman of Hatfield intimidated a courthouse employee being questioned by the FBI about alleged patronage hiring at the state agency.  Three top probation officials have yet to go on trial, including former deputy commissioner William Burke, also of Hatfield.

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