This week Sal Dimasi’s corruption trial starts in Federal Court. It’s not just former Speaker Dimasi headlining his trial, it’s a good portion of the Beacon Hill power structure taking the stand.
A who’s who of Beacon Hill power players over the past decade – including Gov. Deval Patrick, Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray – may be called as witnesses in the trial of former Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, according to lists filed Wednesday by attorneys for DiMasi, his codefendants and prosecutors.
Defense attorneys listed 117 potential witnesses, while prosecutors named 43, including dozens of high profile elected officials and their aides, for the trial that is scheduled to begin next week. Although those included on the list may not be called to testify, attorneys cast a wide net of potential witnesses that could compel testimony from the highest echelons of Beacon Hill, including from those unaccustomed to the public glare.
Defense attorneys describe the names on their list as those “from whom or about whom the jurors are likely to hear during defendants’ respective direct cases.” Prosecutors note that the government “anticipates calling” the witnesses on its list and “reserves the right to supplement, modify, or withdraw witnesses from this list.”
Get the popcorn ready, the trial starts jury selection tomorrow. It will be interesting to see what collateral damage happens when this is all over.