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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Talk about a Friday news dump

If former House Speaker Sal DiMasi could have hand picked a day for devastating, send him away testimony in his corruption trial, it would be when the Bruins go to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 21 years.

Ditto for Deval Patrick, who the Herald has been hell bent on linking to DiMasi as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Everyone, starting with the jurors, will be talking about the Bruins 1-0 win over Tampa Bay last night. There won't be much buzz this holiday weekend about Patrick's testimony that will no doubt end DiMasi's concerns about where he may be living.

But yet another Friday afternoon bad news dump will only delay the impact of Patrick's cool testimony about the Speaker's reaction to Globe stories that started his downhill slide to a comfy home in Club Fed.
In a historic appearance on the witness stand, Governor Deval Patrick told a federal jury yesterday that former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi aggressively lobbied him for a multimillion-dollar software contract in 2007, then asked Patrick to publicly deny his involvement when a scandal over the deal erupted the next year.

“I said we couldn’t do that, because it wasn’t accurate," Patrick testified in DiMasi’s corruption trial.
If DiMasi's attorneys thought the key to their defense rested solely on discrediting Joseph Lally, they will be probably spend the weekend thinking again. And again.

Much has been made of the DiMasi-Patrick relationship, which inched up from strained to business-like over the course of its existence. Less discussed is the core beliefs and values of both men -- and that was on vivid display in the Moakley Courthouse.

DiMasi was at the defense table, having insisted on fighting the corruption charges against him, confident of the facts as he remembered them,

But he undoubtedly he either forgot or never counted on Patrick being asked to talk about the time DiMasi asked the governor to lie for him,

That oversight likely means discrediting Lally is an exercise in futility.

If I were DiMasi's attorney, I'd think seriously about asking the prosecutor for a deal, even at this late date. It would probably result in a better outcome than what he's facing once Bruins euphoria fades and the devastation of Patrick's testimony sinks in.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the history of our Speakers, Sal probably still doesn't think he did anything wrong.

May 31, 2011 3:21 PM  

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