Coping By Copping
Submitted By Todd on June 2nd at 5:28pm
A year and a half ago, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was doing robo-calls for her. Tomorrow, she cops a plea. Deval must be smiling.
Dianne Wilkerson, a former state senator from Boston once seen as a rising political star, will plead guilty Thursday in her federal corruption case, averting a high-profile trial that was scheduled to start later this month, her lawyer said.Democrats in the state legislature must be dancing a jig, as well. No trial? No daily election year updates on the woman whose serial dirty dealings they ignored for years?
"There will be a plea tomorrow,'' defense attorney Max D. Stern of Boston said. "I cannot tell you anything else."But we have questions. For example, given that Diane had so many people with a vested interest in her not being on trial this summer, we wonder just how good is the deal she's getting?
Stern declined to say what charges Wilkerson will plead guilty to when she appears before US District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock in Boston at 2 p.m.You see? There's another unanswered question.
Her trial was scheduled to start June 21. About a week ago, Stern said he expected the trial to go forward.Wilkerson, 54, faced 32 charges for allegedly taking bribes totaling $23,500 to secure a liquor license for a nightclub and legislation to pave the way for a commercial development in Roxbury. The charges included theft of honest services, mail and wire fraud, and conspiring to extort cash under color of official right.
Will there be a distinct smell of cover-up this time tomorrow?
Authorities alleged that Wilkerson accepted $23,500 from Roxbury businessman, Ron Wilburn, who was an FBI informant, and an undercover FBI agent. The evidence released by authorities included a surveillance photograph of Wilkerson allegedly stuffing cash into her bra.
Of the 32 charges, will she be copping a plea to just one or two?