It’s day 18 in the federal corruption trial against former probation commissioner John O’Brien. Up to now, prosecutors have been setting the stage for one of their star witnesses, and over the past two days, jurors finally heard the accusations at the heart of the case.


Jack Sullivan has been watching the trial closely and been writing about it for CommonWealth Magazine.

Frank Phillips is The Boston Globe's State House bureau chief, who has also been writing about the scandal for years.

Gov. Deval Patrick discussed on Boston Public Radio whether or not this kind of “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” behavior is the norm on Beacon Hill.