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Ex-Mass. Speaker to ask judge to restore pension

June 27, 2010

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BOSTON—A lawyer for former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi will ask a judge to reinstate his state pension while he faces federal corruption charges.

DiMasi and three associates were charged last year in an alleged bid-rigging scheme for two state software contracts that prosecutors say netted the former speaker $57,000. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The Massachusetts Retirement Board suspended DiMasi's $5,000-per-month pension as of last Nov. 1. DiMasi's lawyer says denial of his pension is causing a financial hardship and is a violation of his due process rights.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court.

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