MA Senator’s Arrest Could Portend Major Corruption Scandal


Massachusetts state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson is at the center of a maze of malfeasance and an ever-widening public corruption investigation, says the Boston Herald. With Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Senate President Therese Murray, City Council President Maureen Feeney, and others touched by the tentacles of an 18-month probe into Wilkerson's alleged abuse of power, it's “a very distinct possibility” U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan may try and flip her to name alleged co-conspirators with a plea deal as bait, says says former federal prosecutor Alex Whiting, now a law professor at Harvard. “I don't know if she's the small fish or the big fish,” he said, “but public corruption remains a high priority of the (Justice) department. They're not only interested in prosecuting her, but developing the full extent of the case.”

Kevin McGrath, a white-collar crime defense attorney and former chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, said predicts no leniency for Wilkerson “unless she was able to provide useful information about people either equally or more prominent than her.” Wilkerson, 54, a Democrat, was arrested Tuesday and accused of pocketing eight bribes totaling $23,500 from undercover operatives in exchange for her help obtaining a liquor license for a proposed nightclub and transferring public land to a fed posing as a private developer.


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