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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Dianne Chronicles continue

Hey Max Stern, have you ever heard of pro bono?

Just when you thought you've heard the last twist in the soap opera that is Dianne Wilkerson's life, the soon-to-be-ex-state senator comes up with a new one.

Accused of accepting $23,500 in bribes to influence legislation, Wilkerson is claiming indigence and is asking the federal court to appoint Stern as her taxpayer-funded lawyer.

In other words, we can pay her now and pay her later.

Everyone is entitled to a presumption of innocence and the right to counsel. But Wilkerson is coming awfully close to making you think about reviving the concept of a debtor's prison.

Or maybe we can take up a collection with the understanding that she doesn't come back.



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