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Prosecution wrapping up in DiMasi trial

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Boston, MA – The corruption trial of former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and two associates is continuing. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

Federal prosecutors are expected to rest their case this week.

Gov. Deval Patrick testified Friday that DiMasi pressed him on several occasions in 2007 to approve a performance management software contract. The administration awarded the $13 million contract to the software firm Cognos but it was later cancelled after questions were raised about it.

Prosecutors allege DiMasi received kickbacks in exchange for helping steer two state contracts to Cognos.

After the prosecution calls its final witnesses this week, defense lawyers for DiMasi, Richard McDonough and Richard Vitale are expected to begin presenting their case.

McDonough, a Statehouse lobbyist, and Vitale, an accountant, are both close friends of the ex-speaker.

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