BOSTON (AP) – Jury selection has begun in the corruption trial of a former speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sal DiMasi.

Sal DiMasi and two others are charged in a scheme to rig lucrative state contracts for the software company Cognos in exchange for payments.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

DiMasi and co-defendants Joseph McDonough and Richard Vitale have pleaded not guilty.

Joseph Lally, a fourth man charged in the scheme, cut a deal with prosecutors and is expected to testify against the others. The list of potential witnesses includes Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and DiMasi’s successor, House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Jury selection began Tuesday with the judge asking a pool of 250 prospective jurors to fill out lengthy questionnaires. Opening statements from defense attorneys and prosecutors are not expected until next week.

Jon Keller weighs in on the trial.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. jaygee says:

    I think it would be very wise on Sal’s part to take a plea deal, pack his suitcase and tell Chuck that he’s on his way. Anyone notice how those big smiles have disappeared and he seems to be thinking about living in a much smaller residence?

  2. Rigger says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong,but I believe that DiMasi has opted to be defended by a public defender. If this is the case I do not believe that his case will ever be heard by a Jury. I think what will happen is he will plead out at the last minute and then will be given a very light sentence which he will serve out under home confinement with possibly an electronic bracelet. All at taxpayer expense. What a life! Do a crime, serve your time at home, then back into politics having learned to better hide your misdeeds. Again, all at the taxpayers expense. Just watch.

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