Attempted extortion plea for former state senator in Mass.

According to a Boston Globe report, Dianne Wilkerson pleaded guilty to attempted extortion yesterday.

Wilkerson listened intently as a prosecutor detailed for more than 20 minutes how she took eight cash payments in 2007 and 2008 from a witness cooperating with the FBI and from undercover agents. The money was to secure a liquor license for a nightclub and legislation to pave the way for a commercial development in Roxbury, which she represented.

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