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DiMasi appeal to test ruling on bribery

High court has redefined fraud

Lawyers for former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and a lobbyist who were found guilty of political corruption in 2011 will ask a federal appeals court Tuesday to overturn the convictions, in a case that could help to redefine the standards for political bribery in federal courts across the country.

Lawyers for DiMasi and his good friend, lobbyist Richard McDonough, will argue that a 2010 Supreme Court decision redefining what constitutes bribery should apply to their case and that they should be ­acquitted under the new standard.

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