Former Mass. House Speaker appeals to court about state pension

BOSTON (WHDH) - Former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Tom Finneran was in court Thursday, where he appealed to the state’s highest court about his annual state pension.

The State Retirement Board stripped Finneran of his state retirement benefits in 2012 because he was convicted in 2007 of a federal crime by lying in court. Finneran lied during testimony in State Court about a plan to set up new House and Sensate districts. He was fined and served time on probation.

A Dorchester judge reinstated his pension last year, saying Finneran’s crime was not connected to his job as Speaker of the house.

Finneran was not in court Thursday. He argues that when he lied in court, the redistricting plan was over.

Finneran served as Massachusetts Speaker of the House from 1996 to 2004.

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