A speaker's fall

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Former Mass. House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi resigned under scrutiny for alleged ethics violations, and was indicted by a federal grand jury following an investigation of influence-peddling involving his close friends. He leaves behind a legacy on Beacon Hill that includes defense of gay marriage, opposition to casinos, and a major hand in the state's landmark health-care law. Read the Globe stories below that led up to his resignation.

A brief history
of DiMasi's career

1979 -- Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives

2001 -- Chosen as House majority leader

2004 -- Chosen as speaker of the House

2006 -- The state approves a landmark health-care legislation, which DiMasi helped create

2007 -- DiMasi helps block a measure that would have put a gay marriage ban on the 2008 ballot

2008 -- The DiMasi-led House rejects Governor Patrick's casino plan for the state

2009 -- DiMasi announces he will step down following a series of Globe stories that raise ethics questions about his actions as speaker

2009 -- A federal grand jury indicts DiMasi and three associates

DiMasi peer's plea deal accepted

A codefendant in the federal corruption case against former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion, and mail and wire fraud yesterday, accepting a plea deal from prosecutors under which he agreed to help them build their case against DiMasi and two of his associates. (Boston Globe, 3/9/11)

DiMasi codefendant makes plea deal

Less than two months before former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi is scheduled to stand trial on federal corruption charges, one of his codefendants has agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for a shorter jail sentence. (Boston Globe, 3/8/11)

Feds detail DiMasi case

Federal prosecutors have detailed the schemes they say former House speaker Sal DiMasi and three associates cooked up to profit from his speakership. (Boston Globe)
Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi
Former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and three associates allegedly orchestrated a scheme in which DiMasi received thousands of dollars from a software company. (Boston Globe, 6/03/09)

DiMasi connected to improper
awarding of state software contract

The state inspector general found software company Cognos was improperly awarded a $13 million contract in an unusually rushed deal in which House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi had an active interest. (By Andrea Estes, Globe Staff, 3/10/08)
Ticket firms hired DiMasi ally
Ticket brokers hired Richard Vitale (left) to lobby for them. Shortly afterwards, a favorable bill sailed through the House of Representatives. (By Andrea Estes and Stephen Kurkjian, 4/27/08)

Friends gained as DiMasi rose

The lobbying income of three of DiMasi's closest friends shot up between 82 and 274 percent after he became speaker in 2004. (By Andrea Estes, Globe Staff, 10/5/08)

DiMasi ally indicted in lobbying case

DiMasi's personal accountant and close friend, Richard Vitale, was indicted on allegations that he repeatedly lobbied DiMasi on behalf of state ticket brokers without disclosing his activities. (By Andrea Estes and Matt Viser, Globe Staff, 12/19/08)

Vitale paid off debt for DiMasi relatives

Richard Vitale, DiMasi's friend and former accountant, paid off $7,500 in legal debts accumulated by DiMasi's in-laws. (By Andrea Estes, Globe Staff, 1/22/09)

DiMasi says he will resign

The embattled House speaker said he will step down amid increasing scrutiny over the ethics charges levied against him. (By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff, 1/26/09)
DiMasi bids farewell

DiMasi bids farewell

In a wistful and jocular speech, DiMasi recounted his 30 years as a legislator in saying goodbye to the House of Representatives. (By Matt Viser and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff, 1/27/09)