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U.S. Supreme Court Denies DiMasi Petition

BOSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi’s petition to review his corruption conviction.

Former Speaker Salvatore DiMasi (AP)

Former Speaker Salvatore DiMasi (AP)

DiMasi’s lawyer, Thomas Kiley, said Monday he was disappointed that the petition for writ of certiorari was rejected.

Kiley told the AP he will “pursue other avenues open to us.” Kiley said he will focus on how the 68-year-old DiMasi is being treated. DiMasi was diagnosed with advanced throat and tongue cancer while in federal prison.

“The fight will go on for Sal as an individual, and we’ll turn our attention to things like the conditions of his confinement,” Kiley added to WBUR.

The Democrat was convicted in 2011 of conspiracy, extortion and theft of honest services by fraud and a bribery charge. He was accused of using his political position to push state contracts to software firm Cognos in exchange for payments of $65,000.

A federal appeals court upheld the conviction in August. He’s scheduled to be released in November 2018.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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