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Defense Attempts To Discredit Witness Joseph Lally In DiMasi Trial

By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press
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In this Nov. 12, 2009 file photo, former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi leaves federal court in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

In this Nov. 12, 2009 file photo, former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi leaves federal court in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

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BOSTON (AP) – The star witness in the federal corruption trial of former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and two
associates has been undergoing a withering cross examination from defense attorneys.

The attorneys have tried to portray former software salesman Joseph Lally as a liar, a tax cheat, a compulsive gambler and a
manipulative salesman who was even mistrusted by members of his former company.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

Throughout his testimony early Thursday however, Lally remained composed and repeatedly insisted that he was telling the truth in
court.

On Wednesday, Lally detailed what prosecutors allege was a complex scheme to use DiMasi’s influence as speaker to steer two lucrative state contracts to the software firm Cognos in exchange for kickbacks.

Lally pleaded guilty before the trial and agreed to testify in exchange for a possible lighter prison sentence.

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

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