A jury is now in place to consider the corruption charges against former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers on Tuesday accepted a panel of eight men and eight women — four are alternates. They were chosen from a pool of 250 prospective jurors.
The jurors have to be prepared to spend several weeks in court as the trial is expected to take two months.
DiMasi and two co-defendants are accused of scheming to win state contracts for Burlington software company Cognos in exchange for secret payments to DiMasi.
Before jurors return to court, Judge Mark Wolf wants a day to consider several motions about what evidence can be used and which witnesses can testify. Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday.
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