BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has told jurors the government’s case is one of “inference upon inference upon inference.”

In closing arguments Friday, William Cintolo said federal prosecutors failed to provide conclusive evidence that DiMasi and two associates received payments in exchange for DiMasi using his clout to steer two state contracts worth a combined $17.5 million to the software firm Cognos.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

Earlier, prosecutor Anthony Fuller told jurors they need only use common sense to conclude that the scheme existed. Fuller said there was clear evidence that DiMasi used “official acts” that resulted in “kickbacks to his partners in crime.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Lawyers for DiMasi’s co-defendants also presented closing arguments Friday.

The case is expected to go to the jury on Monday.

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