Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Massachusetts's unbroken streak

A jury in federal court in Boston today found former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi guilty of conspiring to exploit one of the most powerful offices in Massachusetts by helping a software company win multimillion-dollar state contracts in exchange for kickbacks.

DiMasi was convicted of seven of nine counts against him, including extortion and conspiracy to defraud citizens of his honest services. He faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. ...

DiMasi became the third consecutive speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives to be convicted in federal court. ...

[Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick] reiterated that most people he works with on Beacon Hill are upstanding and any exceptions are “outliers.”
--Milton Valencia, Glen Johnson, and Martin Finucane, Boston Globe, on frequent outliers