Sal DiMasi, Wife Surprised By Lung Cancer Diagnosis In Prison

February 4, 2014 4:58 AM
Sal DiMasi, Wife Surprised By Lung Cancer Diagnosis In Prison
" BOSTON (CBS) – The biggest bombshell for convicted former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi and his family this month wasn’t the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear his appeal, but a note in his prison medical records from 2012.

As Debbie DiMasi explained to WBZ, it’s a lung cancer diagnosis neither she nor Sal knew about.

“I was stunned when I saw it,” Debbie said. “He was stunned when I told him.”

Debbie DiMasi says she made the discovery three weeks ago, 17 months after her husband was treated for head and neck cancer in prison.

“They administered entirely different chemotherapies to him and he ended up getting pneumonia right after that,” she says.

DiMasi was convicted on political corruption charges and sentenced to eight years in prison. His wife says his location makes it hard to get answers.

The sentencing judge in 2011 recommended the Devens facility in Ayer. But the Bureau of Prisons said no. The former speaker is at the Butner Medical Prison in North Carolina "

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