Dianne Wilkerson
American politician
Dianne Wilkerson
Dianne Wilkerson 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 pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion.
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DiMasi lawyer seeks term of 3 years - Boston Globe
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Kiley also listed several former high-ranking public officials convicted on corruption charges, including former state senator Dianne Wilkerson and former Boston city councilor Chuck Turner, who received sentences far below the guidelines being applied
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Search Past 7 days Archives - Boston Herald (blog)
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Dianne Wilkerson? Due to the collapse of Fannie and Freddie, we are stuck with a lot of foreclosed properties, so the federal government wants to become a landlord. This means that they will compete with private sector investors. This is dumb idea
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Roxbury hardware store sells land after 71-year run, ties to FBI probe - Boston Globe
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Inc. closed its 46000 square-foot warehouse and retail center near Dudley Square in December 2009, in part, the owner said, because of ties to FBI investigations that led to the recent federal imprisonment of former state Senator Dianne Wilkerson on
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4 in 10 think corruption is widespread in Legislature - CommonWealth magazine
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Dianne Wilkerson pled guilty last year to accepting bribes and other former legislators have been accused or convicted of various charges ranging from driving under the influence to misusing campaign funds to pension abuse
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Power on - Boston Globe
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State Senator Dianne Wilkerson and City Councilor Chuck Turner are now in prison for crimes that once would have fetched mild reprimands. Almost certainly, that will be the case with DiMasi as well, who is looking at a 10- to 20-year sentence
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Prominent pair poised to take up the defense - Boston Globe
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When former state senator Dianne Wilkerson needed counsel to defend her against federal corruption charges, she turned to Max Stern. Now, the two prominent Boston lawyers are poised to team up on one of Boston's most sensational criminal cases,
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Power hitter - Boston Globe
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Dianne Wilkerson, a former state senator; Chuck Turner, a former Boston city councilor; and Salvatore F. DiMasi, a former speaker of the Massachusetts House, know what Ortiz means. Wilkerson pleaded guilty to taking $23500 in bribes; Turner was found
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Between the Lines: The Corruption Factory - Valley Advocate
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Sadly, coming in the wake of criminal convictions of ex-state senator Dianne Wilkerson (in 2008) and ex-Boston city councilor Chuck Turner (in 2010), both on extortion charges, DiMasi's misconduct isn't an anomaly, but part of a pattern
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DiMasi and black Boston - CommonWealth magazine
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Consensus in many quarters of the communities of color had been that if former state senator Dianne Wilkerson and former Boston city councilor Chuck Turner had to serve prison time for felony corruption convictions, so then must DiMasi
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Justice can be colorblind - Boston Globe
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That would be Chuck Turner and Dianne Wilkerson, the two Roxbury pols serving time for accepting bribes in exchange for helping a federal informant get a liquor license. They are in prison, and appropriately so. For months, my friend — who asked not
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Rotten culture's true cost - Boston Herald
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Dianne Wilkerson, who stuffed cash in the bra? Small potatoes. Disgraced ex-Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, who took $1000? Even smaller. Disgraced ex-House Speakers and felons Charlie Flaherty and Tom Finneran? Both dodged trials and escaped jail
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Experts: Sal DiMasi trial likely to lead to appeal - Boston Herald
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Dianne Wilkerson and Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner were both imprisoned earlier this year on bribery convictions — court watchers don't see an upset victory in the cards. “People are sick of Massachusetts being used as a cash register by the
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Rivals united in criticism of Sen. Brown - Boston Globe
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... the Democrats of trying to distract attention from the ongoing federal corruption trial of former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, a Boston Democrat, and recent court cases involving former Democratic senators Dianne Wilkerson and James Marzilli
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Lifting every voice - Boston Globe
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Some of that work was done by Dianne Wilkerson, a former state senator and onetime hotshot NAACP lawyer, and ex-city councilor Chuck Turner. Both fell from grace following corruption convictions in 2010, giving fresh urgency to the success of the new
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The Third Annual Phoenix Memorial Day look at the laughable state of ... - The Phoenix
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Really makes DIANNE WILKERSON and CHUCK TURNER look like street punks running a three-card Monte hustle. The truth is, there are really two parts to the story about DiMasi and the Cognos software contract. First, there's our political system — which
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Convicted criminal getting free money - My Fox Boston
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Dianne Wilkerson has been paying his rent with the help of a taxpayer subsidy even though he was convicted and served time for stabbing and killing a man, a record that should have disqualified him from receiving the benefit. What's more, the South End
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WinnCos. to repay firms billed in donation scheme - Boston Globe
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Prosecutors began investigating WinnCos. and its employees as an offshoot of the federal corruption probe that has so far resulted in the convictions of former city councilor Chuck Turner and former state senator Dianne Wilkerson
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Dark days for insider - Boston Globe
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DiMasi's trail comes on the heels of City Councilor Chuck Turner's conviction, which closely followed former state senator Dianne Wilkerson's guilty plea in a related case. In sentencing Wilkerson in January, US District Judge Douglas Woodlock
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    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    In February 2014, Wilkerson received an award as one of 18 "women of color changing our world", presented by Boston mayor Martin Walsh.
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  • 2013
    Age 57
    Wilkerson was released from prison September 27, 2013.
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  • 2011
    Age 55
    On January 6, 2011, Wilkerson was sentenced to 3 years in prison for bribery.
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    On June 3, 2010 Wilkerson pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion.
    More Details Hide Details As part of her plea agreement, other related charges will be dismissed. She remained free on bail while awaiting sentencing.
  • 2009
    Age 53
    On April 7, 2009, a federal grand jury added 23 more counts of corruption against Wilkerson.
    More Details Hide Details It was alleged that she had been receiving bribes since 2002.
    She currently is free on bail, and was scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in US District Court on February 25, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 52
    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.
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    On November 19, 2008, Wilkerson formally resigned from the Massachusetts state Senate.
    More Details Hide Details When in office, Wilkerson's Senatorial District included the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury, the South End, and some parts of the Fenway, Dorchester, and Mattapan. Commission to Eliminate Racial & Ethnic Healthcare Disparities, Co-Chair; Hynes Convention Center & Boston Common Parking Garage Legislative Commission, Co-Chair; Special Commission on Non-Group and Small Group Health Insurance, Co-Chair; Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, Member. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight; Vice-Chair, Joint Committee on Financial Services; Member, Senate Committee on Ways and Means; Member, Joint Committee on Education; Member, Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Member, Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
    On October 30, 2008, the Massachusetts Senate removed her from all her committee assignments and unanimously passed a resolution calling on her to resign.
    More Details Hide Details In response, Wilkerson sent a letter to Senate President Murray stating that she would follow the will of the Senate. Wilkerson was not present during the Senate vote. Wilkerson later released a statement indicating that she would not resign, calling the request "unreasonable" and also stating: "Surely the members of the state Senate could not have believed that such a monumental decision would be made within a few hours. A decision to leave this district without representation, even for 60 days, is one that cannot and should not be made in a matter of hours. Rest assured I am committed to do what is in the best interest of the residents of this district." In 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 December 8, 2008, Wilkerson appeared before Judge Timothy S. Hillman in the U.S. District Court in Boston to plead not guilty to eight extortion charges.
    More Details Hide Details After a federal grand jury added a conspiracy charge against Wilkerson, she had to return to court on December 11 along with co-defendant Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner to again plead not guilty to all charges.
    On November 18, 2008, a federal grand jury indicted Wilkerson on eight counts of accepting bribes.
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    On November 17, 2008, Wilkerson filed a motion in federal court requesting a court-appointed lawyer to defend her against the bribery charges.
    More Details Hide Details She stated that she could not afford to pay for a lawyer and asked US Magistrate Judge Timothy S. Hillman to appoint Max D. Stern. Stern had been defending Wilkerson in an unrelated matter.
    On October 28, 2008, Wilkerson was arrested by the FBI on public corruption charges.
    More Details Hide Details A federal criminal complaint was filed against her that alleges she was caught on tape stuffing a cash bribe into her bra and accepted those cash payments in exchange for her official duties and responsibilities. Wilkerson was the subject of an 18-month-long undercover investigation conducted by the Boston Police Department and the FBI in which she allegedly accepted eight bribes in cash totaling $23,500. The payments, ranging in amounts from $500 to $10,000 were received from undercover law enforcement officers and a cooperating witness. The bribes were allegedly accepted in return for her help in obtaining a liquor license for a proposed nightclub and transferring public land to a federal agent posing as a private developer.
    The state Office of the Bar Counsel filed a complaint on October 3, 2008, accusing Wilkerson of violating the rules of professional conduct by lying under oath at a 2005 court hearing at which her nephew, Jermaine Berry, requested a new trial on a manslaughter conviction.
    More Details Hide Details Wilkerson, who joined the bar in 1981 but has not practiced in a decade, gave "intentionally false, misleading, and deceptive testimony" at the Suffolk Superior Court hearing and in an affidavit, according to the eight-page petition for discipline. In both the court appearance and the affidavit, the complaint said, Wilkerson falsely claimed that she was present at a Boston police station when two homicide detectives interviewed another nephew, Isaac Wilkerson, about the 1994 stabbing death of Hazel Mack. Berry was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Mack's death, but the senator testified that Isaac Wilkerson made statements that implicated himself during the interview. Wilkerson also lied when she testified that the detectives repeatedly turned a tape recorder off and on during the interview, the disciplinary complaint said.
    She formally resigned on November 19, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details On June 3, 2010 she pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion.
    On October 28, 2008, she was arrested on public corruption charges by the FBI for allegedly accepting bribes totaling $23,500.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    In September 2005, the state Attorney General and head of the state's campaign finance office filed a lawsuit against Wilkerson, alleging she had not reported nearly $27,000 in donations and refused to explain more than $18,000 in personal reimbursements.
    More Details Hide Details She agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and forego about $30,000 in debts owed her to settle the allegations.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    In 2001, she was fined $1,000 by the State Ethics Commission for failing to properly report that a bank she lobbied for as senator was paying her more than $20,000 a year as a consultant.
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  • 1999
    Age 43
    She was suspended from practicing law for one year in 1999 because of the conviction and did not seek reinstatement.
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  • 1997
    Age 41
    Wilkerson was sentenced to house arrest in December 1997 after pleading guilty to failing to pay $51,000 in federal income taxes in the early 1990s.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 37
    In 1993, she became the first African American female to serve in the Massachusetts Senate.
    More Details Hide Details She lost the September 2008 Democratic primary to Sonia Chang-Díaz, and on October 31, 2008, announced that she was ending her sticker campaign to seek re-election in the November 4, 2008, election.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 22
    Dianne Wilkerson graduated from High School of Commerce. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from American International College in 1978, and a juris doctor from Boston College Law School in 1981.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on May 2, 1955.
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