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DiMasi's Attorney Claims Former Speaker Did Not Violate Law

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Attorneys for indicted former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and his three co-defendants are insisting their clients did not break any Massachusetts laws.

The four men were in federal court Wenesday.

DiMasi and the other men were indicted for steering taxpayer money to a software company while DiMasi, then Speaker, allegedly demanded that lobbying fees from the company be remitted to him.

Judge Mark Wolf asked defense attorneys to give a preview of what their argument will be.

"The actions of these defendants fully conformed to state law," DiMasi's attorney, Thomas M. Kiley told Wolf.

Kiley and the other defense attorneys told Wolf that because their clients did not break state law, they should be protected from federal prosecution. They also told the judge that they would ask him to throw the case out before it gets to trial.

Follow WBUR's continuing coverage of the allegations against former House Speaker DiMasi.

This program aired on June 18, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Twitter Reporter
Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education for WBUR.

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