• DiMasi appeals to US Supreme Court


    BOSTON (AP) -- Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse his convictions on public corruption charges and grant him a new trial.

    There is no guarantee the country's highest court will even entertain DiMasi's petition filed last week.

    DiMasi's attorney, Thomas Kiley, told the Boston Herald that the odds that the court will take up the case are long but "we will never stop fighting."

    The 68-year-old DiMasi, a Democrat, was convicted in 2011 of conspiracy, extortion and theft of honest services by fraud, a bribery charge. He was accused of using his political clout to steer lucrative state contracts to Cognos, a Canadian software firm with U.S. headquarters in Burlington, in exchange for payments of $65,000. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

    DiMasi has been battling stage four throat and tongue cancer for two years.

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