BOSTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors are expected to rest their case this week in the corruption trial of former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and two associates.

Gov. Deval Patrick testified on Friday that DiMasi pressed him on several occasions in 2007 to approve a performance management software contract. The administration awarded the $13 million contract to the software firm Cognos but it was later cancelled after questions were raised about it.

Prosecutors allege that DiMasi received kickbacks in exchange for helping steer two state contracts to Cognos.

After the prosecution calls its final witnesses this week, defense lawyers for DiMasi, Richard McDonough and Richard Vitale are expected to begin presenting their case.

McDonough, a Statehouse lobbyist, and Vitale, an accountant, are both close friends of the ex-speaker.

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

Comments (5)
  1. Willow says:

    So, if he’s found guilty, will he get to “report” to prison after he’s done whatever it is he has to do first?

  2. vugvee says:

    lol, the Kangaroo curt system is such a sham.

  3. jaygee says:

    So does anyone know when Sal will take the stand to defend himself against these scurrilous lies. He couldn’t wait for his day in court so now that it’s here, it would be just lovely to see him put his hand on the Bible and tell the “truth”.

  4. Paul says:

    It was a simple misunderstanding. He thought that the extra money was a gift or perhaps a payment for “consulting fees”. These thugs that violate the public trust, should not go to “Club Fed”….they should do HARD TIME and pay back every dime that they stole, every dime that they got paid and every dime that they “earned”. When we start to punish these THEIVES to a harsher extent….the THEIVES will think twice before and decide that it isn’t worth it. But since the THEIVES also run the asylum….I doubt that we will ever see real justice.

    1. Willow says:

      I think you may be right! You have those who get special treatment in society, and then there’s the rest of us.

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