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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I can't wait for this trial

Are you kidding me? Attorneys for former House Speaker Sal DiMasi say their defense in his upcoming trial for allegedly taking $57,000 to arrange for a software contract between the state and a firm represented by his friends is that his actions were perfectly legal under state law.

Of course DiMasi is being tried in federal court, something that I think may make a difference in the argument.

DiMasi attorney Thomas Kiley declared:
“We will argue to you that all the speaker’s actions were expressly authorized by law and permitted by law."
Martin Weinberg, the attorney for DiMasi friend and associate Richard Vitale, says the feds are the one who are stretching the law here:
... [P]rosecutors are pursuing “an unorthodox and extraordinary expansion’’ of corruption laws governing the “theft of honest services’’ of public officials.
It kind of takes your breath away for sheer audacity. Something like Dianne Wilkerson saying the ethics commission authorized her to take cash.

I eagerly anticipate both trials.

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