Patrick Testifies At DiMasi Trial

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Gov. Deval Patrick took the witness stand in a packed federal courthouse Friday in the corruption trial of former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Patrick testified that DiMasi pressed him to approve a contract for the software company Cognos that prosecutors say was part of a DiMasi kickback scheme.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

On the stand Friday, Patrick said if he had known DiMasi had received referral fees for pushing Congos’ interests, he would have acted differently and would not have proceeded with the deal.

Patrick said at the very least he would have sought the advice from the state Ethics Commission.

The governor later cancelled the contract with Cognos as allegations of kickbacks emerged.

Patrick also testified that after the Boston Globe reported in 2008 that the state Inspector General’s office was investigating the Cognos contract, an angry DiMasi confronted him and accused the governor’s staff of leaking the story to the newspaper.

“He was angry and upset about the article and he believed our staff had leaked information to the Globe about the inspector general’s review,” Patrick said in court.

Patrick testified that DiMasi demanded the administration issue a statement saying that DiMasi did not wield his influence in the Cognos deal.

The governor told the jury he refused to issue such a statement because he said “that wouldn’t be accurate.”

He finished his testimony shortly before 1 p.m.

Patrick is the first governor in 16 years to testify in a criminal trial. Back then, Gov. William Weld testified at the corruption trial of supporter and former State Sen. Henri Rauschenbach who was acquitted.

Patrick spoke with reporters at the State House Friday afternoon following his testimony.

He said, “I answered the questions truthfully and to the best best of my ability and did my duty.” He said he never expected that he would testify at a corruption trial. “I find the whole affair really sad.”

When asked about frustration with corruption on Beacon Hill, Patrick responded, “It was our team who ultimately concluded we needed a fresh set of eyes if we are going to do this, and that’s why we refered it to the Inspector General.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones and WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.

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  1. Dianne says:

    Shameful that a fromer speaker would put the Governor in a position like this. Send him to jail…

  2. Disgusted with Politicians says:

    These politicians are sickening…99% of them think they don’t have to answer to anyone… Well, it is time to set an example with this loser… Send him to jail…
    He’s done more than Diane Wilkerson and Chuck Turner and they are in jail….Again, it’s time to set an example, maybe the corruption will stop.

  3. Mike says:

    as long as there are politicians there will be corruption, republican or democrat…….

    1. BLACKBEAR1 says:

      REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT?? PLEASE I DON’T THINK SO!! NICE OF YOU TO INCLUDE EVERYONE IN YOUR VERY GENERAL, VANILLA OBSERVATION. IN THIS STATE, JUST DO SOME SIMPLE MATH AND HISTORICAL CHECKS AND YOU WILL SEE WHICH POLITICAL PARTY PERFORMS THIS WAY. IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE UNACCOUNTABLE, ENTITLED AND ENABLED BY THE ELECTORATE.

  4. Dave65 says:

    and we get to pay for his defense because he can’t afford it. we live in a great state.

  5. my2cents says:

    This is a JOKE…..Jail is where he needs to be.
    Someone please tell me WHY the Gov had to enter the back door and he needed heavily armed security??? Smells like MAFIA to me
    This was scary to see on TV if you ask me. Did they need the BIG guns out today??

  6. NickW says:

    Did Patrick use the infamous ” To the best of my recolection” SO he didn’t have to answer?

  7. the shadow knows says:

    “…Patrick testified that DiMasi pressed him to approve a contract for the software company Cognos that prosecutors say was part of a DiMasi kickback scheme…” And this “brilliant” Harvard educated Lawyer didn’t think something was crooked? Give me a break. And he was Bought lock stock and barrel by another sleazy lawyer DiMasi. Once DiMasi accused him of leaking the story, why didn’t he immediately direct the Attorney General to investigate. Oh, wait they’re all democrats and besides Martha was busy challenging the Federal DOM act.
    The whole group are nauseating .

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