Ex-Mass. House Speaker Gets 8 Years For Bribery Plot

Law360, New York (September 9, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Massachusetts on Friday sentenced one of the state's top politicians to eight years in prison following his conviction for hatching a bribery scheme to help two software companies score multimillion-dollar government contracts.

U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf handed down the sentence to former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi at a hearing in Boston, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz's office. At the same time, Judge Wolf sentenced DiMasi's co-defendant, lobbyist Richard McDonough, to a seven-year...
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