Wilkerson compared to Tasca?
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#1 Jan 7, 2011
BOSTON (AP)-- A former Massachusetts state senator convicted of corruption after being videotaped stuffing bribe money into her bra was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Boston to 3 1/2 years in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock handed Dianne Wilkerson her sentencing after the Boston Democrat said she took responsibility for her actions and asked for mercy.
Wilkerson, the first black woman elected to the Massachusetts Senate, pleaded guilty in June to eight counts of attempted extortion for taking $23,500 in bribes from undercover agents and a Boston businessman who was cooperating with the FBI.
During sentencing, Woodlock said Wilkerson seemed to think she "could slide by" because people would say "she's doing God's work." Woodlock also cited Wilkerson's earlier tax evasion conviction and campaign and ethics law violations
He said Wilkerson didn't use strong arm tactics to seeks bribes, but she solicited them nonetheless. "It was a kind of soft and gentle solicit, a touch," said Woodlock, who ordered Wilkerson to report to begin serving by March 11. "This is what corrupt men do, and this is what she did."
Outside the courtroom, Wilkerson offered no explanation for her actions but said she never lived the high life. "If there was a possibility of doing something criminal without being criminal, that would be me," she said.
Woodlock rejected prosecutors' request that Wilkerson not be allowed to run for office during
her three-year probation period upon her release. Wilkerson said, however, that she didn't have any desire to run for office again.
For years, Wilkerson was known as a glittering and energetic figure around the Massachusetts Statehouse as she represented the 2nd Suffolk District -- a largely black and Latino district that covered Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. She maintained strong support from black and Latino activists even after 2008, when she lost to Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz during the Democratic primary.
Those supporters wrote letters to Woodlock in Wilkerson's defense and also asked for mercy.
But reaction to Wilkerson's conviction also was shift just a day after state lawmakers were sworn-in for a new legislative session.
"Honesty and integrity must be the hallmarks of public service," said Senate President Therese Murray, who once had endorsed Wilkerson and campaigned with her. "This sentence today is the result of an inexcusable violation of those essential principles and the public trust."
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#2 Jan 7, 2011
As Mayor, the first thing that I would do if necessary would be to request the assistance of the FBI to investigate the alleged "Larceny" of the citizens money that is claimed to have been stolen.
People this is what is wrong with allowing the clique in Fitchburg to continue. "Allowing the clique to break the law is a blatant assault against the Publics trust of the police in Fitchburg and its elected officials!
We can never allow our police and their clique to break the law and we cannot allow our Chief to okay this allowance as I feel that he has, the trust will get lost concerning this Chief if he doesn't maintain order at his police station!
This city pays this Chief a high salary as we should get the results from him. He needs to address this clique and issue tickets and arrests/towings in person if he has to. He needs to discipline his officers or let them go as they are breaking the law as well as their oath to uphold the law!
#3 Jan 7, 2011
This is a beautiful way to end a week. Lynch, thank you for the unintended humor. I feel somewhat guilty laughing at a mentally ill person but this is just too rich to pass up.
Are you sure you're not also Sonny?
#4 Jan 7, 2011
Hey, Lynch. Papers will be available at the Clerks' office in two weeks. Two weeks Lynch. Are you going to be there?
#5 Oct 29, 2013
I think a run for Sheriff is my next gig, whadda think? Someone pass my gin and tonic!
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#7 Dec 3, 2013
Way too funny.....
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