Skip to comments.Fitting justice - Deval's pal Dianne Wilkerson sentenced on day of his second inauguration
Posted on 01/06/2011 8:25:59 AM PST by raccoonradio
In a stunning reminder of the situational ethics of Governor Patrick, Dianne Wilkerson is being sentenced today, the same day that Deval Patrick takes his second oath of office. Here's an oldie but goodie where Patrick makes a phone call in support of the already multiple time convicted, ankle bracelet wearing, Diane Wilkerson. (Video link below)
Howie list ping
How did Deval Patrick ever find the time — between defending
cop-killers in Florida and his army of eloquent rapists —
to offer his services to Axelrod and Obama to provide
his boot for the docile necks of the citizens of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts?
Wikipedia entry on her:
>>Dianne Wilkerson (born 1955) is a former Democratic member of the Massachusetts Senate, representing the 2nd Suffolk District from 1993 to 2008.
On October 28, 2008, she was arrested on public corruption charges by the FBI for allegedly accepting bribes totaling $23,500. She formally resigned on November 19, 2008. On June 3, 2010 she plead guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion. Wilkerson is currently free on bail while awaiting sentencing...n the days following her arrest, calls for Wilkerson’s resignation also came from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and in editorials from Boston’s two major newspapers, the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe.
On November 5, 2008, in a statement issued by her Senate office, Wilkerson announced that she would resign “...as soon as humanly and responsibly possible” and on November 19, 2008, Wilkerson formally resigned from the Massachusetts state Senate, the day before the Senate was to vote on expelling her.
She could have used Muchelle’s money/boob belt.
“I Dreamed I Stuffed $23,500 Into My Maidenform Bra”
She ahould raise the defense that the money was merely an advance on pending Reparations.
She should raise the defense that the money was merely an advance on pending Reparations.
The news finally did break: She got 3.5 yrs
A former Massachusetts state senator convicted of corruption charges after being videotaped stuffing bribe money into her bra was sentenced Thursday to 3½ years in prison by a judge who reprimanded her for a pattern of breaking the law and thinking she could “slide by” because she was helping her constituents.
Dianne Wilkerson, who was once a rising star in the states Democratic party, said in court that she accepted full responsibility for her actions in taking $23,500 in bribes.
But after U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock imposed her sentence, she railed against federal prosecutors for going after her and former Boston City Councilor Charles Turner on corruption charges.
While saying she accepted her punishment, Wilkerson called the prosecution against her and Turner “the most corrupt and outrageous abuse of the justice system.”
“My acceptance cant negate the despicable actions of the government and its collaborators,” she told reporters outside the courthouse.
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. The judge cited her conviction on tax evasion charges in the 1990s and violations of state campaign finance and ethics laws.
Woodlock said he believes politicians convicted on corruption charges in Massachusetts and some other states have historically been given lenient sentences.
Wilkersons lawyers later seized on that and said the judge had unfairly made an example of Wilkerson. They cited photographs in Boston newspapers Thursday of three former House Speakers who have been convicted or indicted on criminal charges, including: Thomas Finneran, convicted of obstruction of justice charges; Charles Flaherty, convicted on tax evasion; and Salvatore DiMasi, who has been indicted on corruption charges.
Harvard professor Charles Ogletree said neither Flaherty or Finneran served prison time and said Woodlock had unfairly “made an example” out of Wilkerson.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz later disputed Wilkersons claims of unfairness, noting that the judge cited her previous criminal conviction in sentencing her. Ortiz said Wilkerson was treated leniently when she was spared jail time for her earlier tax evasion conviction..
“Did she learn a lesson? No she did not,” Ortiz said.