Former Massachusetts House Speaker and longtime North End representative, Sal DiMasi, received early compassionate release from prison, after a U.S. District Court ruled on Thursday. Judge Mark Wolf ordered that DiMasi be freed on November 22nd and returned to his home state.
In its order, the court sympathized with the 71 year-old’s past prostate and throat cancers and ongoing chronic illness, including a permanent swallowing problem.
DiMasi’s early release cuts about two years from his prison sentence and he will be confined to his home for six months as part of the order. The former House Speaker was convicted in 2011 on corruption charges related to contracts awarded to Cognos, a software company, in exchange for up to $65,000 in kickbacks.
While serving in the state legislature, DiMasi lived on Commercial Street with his wife, Debbie, in the North End, a neighborhood he served as State Representative for the Third Suffolk District. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, North End resident and former aide to DiMasi, was elected in a special 2009 election to the seat after the Speaker’s resignation.
The full 69-page U.S. District Court Ruling can be found here (pdf download) with the final order shown below.