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Wilkerson's Defense Options

Federal authorities say they're continuing the investigation that led to corruption charges against Dianne Wilkerson yesterday. A criminal complaint alleges the longtime State Senator accepted $23,500 in bribes and used her public position for political favors.

Wilkerson did not enter a plea at her arraignment in federal court in Boston yesterday. She's scheduled for a pre-trial hearing next month. If the charges are proven, Wilkerson could face 20 years in prison and a quarter million dollars in fines on each count.

For a look at the legal ramifications of this case, we turn to David Rossman. He's Director of Criminal Law Clinical Programs at Boston University and a criminal defense attorney for more than 30 years.

This program aired on October 29, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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