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Ex-Mass. State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson Pleads Guilty in Boston in Bribe Scheme

Fed Judge Orders Boston Prosecutors to Explain Release of Pictures Involving 2 Politicians

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

Will this case change the way prosecutors expose defendants to the media and the public? It will be interesting to see if this thing goes any where. The issue: Transparency vs. the Right to a Fair Trial or: The use of  the media to hype a case.

By Glen Johnson
Associated Press
BOSTON –– A federal judge yesterday ordered prosecutors to produce affidavits explaining why photographs were released and publicity generated following the arrests of two Boston politicians on corruption charges last year.

The lead prosecutor in the case said he would have to determine whether he could comply.

Judge Douglas Woodlock told a pretrial hearing audience he wants to evaluate whether prosecutors tried to “gin things up” among the public after the arrests of former state senator Dianne Wilkerson and City Councilor Chuck Turner.

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Boston Feds Add 23 More Counts To Indictment Against Ex-State Rep. Dianne Wilkerson

The former state senator thought she had problems before. Now the charges are really piling up. Another promising political career down the drain. 

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

By Jonathan Saltzman
The Boston Globe
BOSTON — Former state senator Dianne Wilkerson began taking bribes in exchange for political favors in 2002, five years earlier than authorities originally alleged when she was arrested last October in an alleged extortion scheme, according to a new federal indictment announced yesterday.

A grand jury handed up a superseding indictment yesterday that also added 23 additional charges against Wilkerson for activities that led to her previous indictment. Those charges did not cover the additional bribes that were alleged yesterday.

The Roxbury Democrat resigned in November following her original indictment, which accused her of accepting eight bribes totaling $23,500 to secure a liquor license for a nightclub and legislation to pave the way for a commercial development in Roxbury.

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