Keller @ Large: Mercy Scarce For Sal DiMasi

June 20, 2013 12:00 PM
Keller @ Large: Mercy Scarce For Sal DiMasi
" BOSTON (CBS) – Sal DiMasi, the former House speaker, is two years into his eight-year corruption sentence in a North Carolina prison. And according to his wife, he is very ill with throat and tongue cancer that went untreated for some time.

The crimes DiMasi was convicted of – selling out the power of his office in exchange for bribes – were very serious. And sometimes, convicts die in prison instead of at home with their families. To put it bluntly, if you can’t do the time, you shouldn’t do the crime.

Still, if the federal prison at Devens is good enough for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it’s hard to believe it isn’t an appropriate venue for DiMasi, so that his family could more readily visit him.

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But the suggestion of even that minimal act of mercy for DiMasi prompted some interesting – and disturbing – responses from top local politicians "

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