Supreme Court declines to hear appeal by convicted former Mass. House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi

Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi makes a statement outside the Federal Courthouse in Boston, Wednesday afternoon, after his conviction on conspiracy and other charges in a scheme to steer two state contracts worth $17.5 million to a software firm in exchange for payments. June 15, 2011. DeMasi's attorney Thomas Kiley stands at right. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi made a statement outside the federal courthouse in Boston in June 2011 after he was convicted.Stephan Savoia/AP

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The US Supreme Court declined this morning to hear an appeal by Salvatore F. DiMasi, the former Massachusetts House speaker who was sentenced in 2011 to eight years in prison in a corruption case.

DiMasi, 68, and a codefendant had asked the nation’s highest court to reconsider their case based on the court’s recent rulings on bribery cases.

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear DiMasi’s case effectively ends his direct appeal options.

His lawyer, Thomas Kiley, said this morning that he was beyond disappointed.

“When a man’s freedom is at stake, disappointing may not a strong enough word,” Kiley said.

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