Judge Sets Sentencing Date For Ex-Mass. Sen. Wilkerson

A federal judge has set a sentencing date of Dec. 22 for a former Massachusetts state senator caught on video stuffing bribe money into her sweater.

A defense lawyer for Boston Democrat Dianne Wilkerson sparred with prosecutors Monday over what sentence Wilkerson should receive. Wilkerson pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion for accepting $23,500 in bribes.

Prosecutors are recommending a maximum sentence of four years in prison. Her lawyers have not made a specific recommendation. They have asked for a sentence of less than the three years and two months suggested as a minimum in federal sentencing guidelines.

U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock said he will impose the sentence Dec. 22.

This program aired on November 29, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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