A defiant probation chief is held in contempt

In the spring of 2002, Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John J. O'Brien became embroiled in a contentious back-and-forth with Judge R. Peter Anderson after Anderson ordered urine testing for several probationers convicted of various drug offenses. Anderson found O'Brien in contempt of court on April 25 for refusing to comply with the court ruling, and placed him in the prisoner dock at Brighton District Court. O'Brien responded by suing Anderson.

Below is the court transcript where Anderson finds O'Brien in contempt, Anderson's explanation of his ruling, and excerpts from O'Brien's suit.

April 25, 2002 hearing before Judge Anderson

Anderson's explanation

Excerpts from O'Brien's suit

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