Ex-Mass. speaker heads to prison, claims innocence
BOSTON—Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is maintaining his innocence on the eve of beginning an eight-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
DiMasi said Tuesday that he did not break any laws and can hold his head high as he prepares to report to a federal facility in Lexington, Ky.
The Democrat also tells WCVB-TV 5 of Boston that he remains confident in the judicial system and the appeals process.
DiMasi's said he is strengthened by knowledge that his family and wife Debbie are standing by him.
DiMasi was convicted in June of extortion, honest services fraud and conspiracy for accepting kickbacks in exchange for using his political position to steer lucrative state contracts to a software company.
DiMasi hopes to serve the bulk of his sentence closer to home.