Boston: Prosecutors wrapping up DiMasi corruption trial

Federal prosecutors are expected to rest their case this week in the corruption trial of former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and two associates.

Gov. Deval Patrick testified on 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 that 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.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.