The Associated Press

Prosecutors Wrapping Up DiMasi Corruption Trial

A former deputy chief of staff for Gov. Deval Patrick says lobbyist Richard McDonough told him approving a software contract could help improve relations between the governor and then-House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi.

David Morales testified in federal court Tuesday about conversations he had in 2007 with McDonough, a close friend of DiMasi.

Morales said McDonough told him the contract for performance management software was an important DiMasi priority and signing it could improve a cool relationship between him and the governor.

DiMasi, McDonough and Richard Vitale are accused of scheming to steer state software contracts to Cognos in exchange for kickbacks.

Also Tuesday, the jury saw telephone records appearing to show calls between the defendants and key players in the case on what prosecutors said were significant dates.

The prosecution could rest its case Wednesday.

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  • Butlertony2000

    scumb bag.  now we know why demasi crushed the casino legislation.  nuttin in it for him.  hope he dies in prison

  • Soho62204

    Gov. Patrick set up DiMasi. It was a political move to discredit DiMasi because he was against gambling in Massachusetts. The first thing Patrick said when DiMasi was removed as Speaker, “Let the Games Begin!” A victory cry for removing the strongest opponent of gambling and a make way for bringing it to  Massachusetts.

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