BOSTON (AP) – A sentencing hearing for former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is under way in U.S. District Court.

DiMasi and co-defendant Richard McDonough will soon learn how long they will have to spend in a federal prison after his corruption conviction.

They were convicted in June of scheming to use DiMasi’s clout as speaker to steer two lucrative state contracts to a software firm in exchange for kickbacks.

Prosecutors are recommending a 12 1/2-year prison term for DiMasi, and about 10 years for McDonough.

Before sentencing, Judge Mark Wolf is expected to listen to arguments from attorneys on several issues, including whether DiMasi and McDonough should be allowed to remain free while they pursue appeals.

Read: Letters Asking The Judge For Leniency (Part 1 ) (Part 2 ) (Part 3) (Part 4)

He said he would impose his sentence on Friday.

DiMasi had no comment when he entered the courthouse.

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

Comments (4)
  1. jak says:

    Quit wasting our tax dollars and give the crook the full 12 years or just simply throw away the keys to his cell.

  2. jaygee says:

    Ever notice how when politicians get indicted they always have a big smile on their face, proclaim their true innocence and then say they can’t wait for their day in court. Once they get to court, they rarely take the stand in their own defense and then when found guilty, as most are, they beg for forgivenss for the terrible things they have done and then ask mercy from the court. I still remember the standing ovation all of the grifters gave to DiMasi, Finneran & Flaherty under the Golden Dome awhile back as if they were heroes.

  3. Mark says:

    Give him the maximum and let these crooks know that we are tired of this corruption at our expense.

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