Judge Denies Sal DiMasi New Trial

By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied a bid by former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi for a new trial.

DiMasi was convicted in June of charges that he used his influence to steer two lucrative state contracts to a software firm in exchange for payments.

Following his conviction, he asked U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf to order a new trial on several grounds, including his claim that the evidence against him was insufficient to prove guilt.

But in a ruling issued on Tuesday, Wolf said he concluded that the jury’s guilty verdicts were reasonable. Wolf also denied a new trial for co-defendant Richard McDonough, a Statehouse lobbyist.

A third defendant, Richard Vitale, was acquitted by the jury.

DiMasi and McDonough face sentencing on Sept. 8.

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


One Comment

  1. Mark says:

    Now give him his 12.

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