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- Patrick: DiMasi Pressed Me On Contract
- Gov. Patrick To Testify In DiMasi Trial
- Ex-Patrick Budget Chief: DiMasi Pushed Contract
- Recap: The DiMasi Case's 1st 2 Weeks
- Star Witness Ends DiMasi Testimony
- In DiMasi Trial, Lally Keeps Salesman's Cool
- Witness: Ex-Speaker DiMasi Pushed Contract
- Key Gov't Witness: DiMasi Said 'Everything Should Be Fine'
- Key Witness Takes The Stand In DiMasi Trial
- DiMasi Defense Offers 'Lesson' On State Gov't
- Accusations Abound On Day 1 Of DiMasi 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.
This program aired on May 31, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.