August 24, 2011
Three's No Charm
A justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ordered the temporary suspension of a former Speaker of the state House of Representatives. The Herald News reports on the criminal conviction that led to the suspension:
After a six-week trial, a jury needed only hours before finding former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi guilty on seven of nine counts in his public corruption case, including conspiracy, two counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and extortion.
The verdict made DiMasi the third consecutive House speaker convicted of a felony. Jurors found DiMasi, a North End Democrat often described as the most powerful person in state government during his run as leader of the House, had deprived Massachusetts citizens of his honest services.
Codefendant and lobbyist Richard McDonough was also found guilty on seven of eight counts, including conspiracy, two counts of mail fraud, and three counts of wire fraud.
The attorney had not yet been sentenced. (Mike Frisch)
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