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Wilkerson Stays In Senate Race, Despite Charges

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Mass. state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson is vowing to continue her re-election campaign, despite being arrested by the FBI and charged with accepting $23,500 in bribes.

In a written statement released Wednesday, Wilkerson said she was in "the biggest challenge of her political life and one which would test the notion of innocent until proven guilty."

Wilkerson said there was more to her story, but she could not discuss her case.

She also accused U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of trying to imperil her re-election campaign, knowing she wouldn't get a chance to have her day in court before Election Day.

Wilkerson was arrested Tuesday and charged with accepting bribes from undercover agents to advance their business agendas.

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

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