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FILE - In this May 18, 2016 file photo, Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard D. McKeon attends the arraignment in Superior Court in Worcester, Mass., of David Njuguna, who had been charged in the death of Trooper Thomas Clardy. On Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, McKeon announced his retirement in an email to troopers days after he was accused of ordering a trooper to alter a police report after arresting a judge's daughter in Worcester on Oct. 16. McKeon's retirement is effective Nov. 17. (Christopher Evans/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)

The colonel took one for the team – Team Hack – but the most important question remains unanswered: Who ordered the boss of the Mass. State Police to put the fix in for the hack judge and his junkie daughter?

This is a major scandal, and Col. Richard McKeon shouldn’t be the only payroll patriot to take the fall, even a fall cushioned by whatever amazing state pension he now collects from what the state treasurer lists as his $251,922-a-year salary.

Gov. Charlie Baker said last night that his dear pal “made a mistake.” But that’s not how the Col. Klink lookalike was portraying his threat to a young trooper to discipline him if he wouldn’t cut out the references in an Oct. 16 police report to Judge Timothy Bibaud.

After all, how dare the trooper mention a loyal Democrat foot soldier who at the age of 58 has spent 35 years with his snout buried in the public trough.

McKeon said his threats to Troopers Ryan Sceviour and Ali Rei were nothing more than “instruction(s) I have given to the men and women under my command more times than I can remember… not unlike the thousands of cases we are involved in every year.”

Thousands? So the MSP fixes “thousands” of cases a year?

It’s important, McKeon wrote, “to treat offenders with dignity and respect.”

Especially connected offenders, apparently. Although I don’t see what the troopers were supposed to have done here – according to the report, the judge’s daughter admitted to trading sexual favors for drugs, and she offered Trooper Sceviour something if he would broom the case.

Wouldn’t that be… attempted bribery? Isn’t a cop supposed to report a crime, even if the offender is the daughter of a hack judge?

Everybody in this sordid case comes out of the same Worcester courthouse cesspool. Talk about a swamp. DA Joe Early, for whom both Bibaud and his junkie daughter Alli once worked, is the son of the former Congressman who was ousted in the House banking scandal of the 90’s.

One of the assistant d.a.’s is the son of a former hack judge out there.

And of course, the Bibauds themselves. The old man got his first job with the DA in 1982, and remained there until the end of 1991. Then came the longest seven months of his life – he took a job from January to June 1992 in the law firm of Fusaro, Altomare and Emilio.

Next, according to his 2010 judicial questionnaire: “Solo practicioner, July 1992, 7 Arden Road, Worcester MA.”

One month! That’s all he could last on his own, before he crawled back to the DA’s office. It’s a classic MO of a state judge – he couldn’t cut it on his own, so he took early retirement on a public payroll.

His daughter followed him onto the dole – first as an “advocate” in the DA’s office, and then as a toll collector at the Mass Pike. In other words, she’s a Renaissance woman of the hackerama.

It’s obvious somebody called McKeon to squash the embarrassing report – somebody pretty high up in the hackerama. The judge says he didn’t do it, and I believe him. For shady stuff like this, you use buffers, cut outs. It’s all about plausible deniability.

I always say, it’s not that all Massachusetts judges are bad. It’s just that 98 percent of them that give such a bad name to the other two percent.

Before this latest Bibaud scandal, the judiciary had gone two weeks since the announcement of the last “investigation,” against a western Mass. judge named Thomas Estes.

But think about the unending stories – the judge who was charged with pocketing somebody else’s watch on Logan. (She beat the rap and retired.) The judge bagged on 128 for OUI. The judge forced out for making untoward, shall we say, remarks about a court officer of color. And what about the judge whose legislator spouse had to retire in the midst of an ongoing federal probe?

And those are just the ones we know about. By the colonel’s own account, “thousands” of other cases are broomed every year.

Let’s hope the troopers’ lawsuits proceed – with discovery, so that we can ask Col. Klink, under oath, who gave him his sordid marching orders to broom the case. Meanwhile, the extinguished public servant goes out on his state tax-free pension (what’s 80 percent of $250,000?).

As for Judge Bibaud, he and all the rest of the black-robed payroll Charlies got a $6250 payraise Jan. 1, and then another on July 1, and he get another $6250 increase Jan. 1, 2018, and still another $6250 next July 1.

That’ll put him up over $180,000 – for “working” 35 weeks a year.

Most likely this will be another of those scandals where everybody skates away, like Kennedys in the night. But at least, after the fix for Alli Bibaud, her father the judge deserves a new nickname.

Let ‘em Go Bibaud.

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Howie Carr is the New York Times best-selling author of The Brothers Bulger and Hitman, in addition to several other Boston organized-crime books and two novels. He is the host of a New England-wide radio talk-show syndicated to more than 20 stations, and is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.

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