Supreme Court rejects review of DiMasi case

Former Massachusetts house speaker Sal DiMasi

BOSTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi's petition to review his corruption conviction.

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

Kiley said 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 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 a software firm 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.

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