I am not sure which is worse, the criminal charge or the video for Democratic State Senator Dianne Wilkerson. In a video to be shown at her trial for bribery, Wilkerson is shown allegedly stuffing a $1,000 cash payoff into her bra during a meeting at an aptly named restaurant — the Fill-A-Buster.
Wilkerson is accused of accepting eight bribes worth $23,500. She allegedly tried to influence legislation in the state Senate as recently as last week to help a developer.
Things look bad for the once rising star in the Democratic party. Not only is there the videotape but there are three cooperating witness and three undercover FBI agents. Showing the importance of staging, the FBI made sure that the 10 $100 bills were not in an envelope and were clearly visible in the photograph dated June 18, 2007.
I would have expected a plea at this point and that may reflect the decision of the prosecutors to seek the maximum in a high-profile case.
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