BOSTON A federal judge ruled Tuesday that key government witness Joseph Lally will be allowed to testify against former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi in his upcoming corruption trial.
With the trial set to begin next week, there were 20 motions to be decided by the judge. The only one he did decide on was a motion from the defense to prevent Lally from testifying against his former co-defendants.
Joseph Lally, a computer software salesman for Cognos, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges for participating in a scheme with DiMasi to steer $17.5 million in state contracts to the Burlington software company.
DiMasi is accused of pocketing $65,000 in bribes in exchange for helping Lally secure those state contracts for Cognos.