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Posted on 10/02/2011 11:55:40 AM PDT by Libloather
Federal judge rejects DiMasi appeal for bail
By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff
September 24, 2011
Disgraced former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi lost his bid yesterday to remain free pending an appeal of his conviction on political corruption charges and must report to a federal prison Nov. 16.
In rejecting DiMasis request for bail, US District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf said he found no likelihood that the former lawmaker will be successful in his appeal to have his conviction overturned or his sentence reduced.
Once one of the most powerful politicians in the state and the first Italian-American to be elected Massachusetts speaker, DiMasi will serve eight years in prison for steering state software contracts to a Burlington software company in exchange for secret payments. DiMasi, describing himself as a broken man, begged for leniency before his sentencing earlier this month.
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