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(Boston Globe) — Former state senator Dianne Wilkerson, awaiting sentencing on federal corruption charges, apologized for her actions yesterday, calling them “wrong and inexcusable’’ in a seven-page letter sent to the judge who will decide her fate.  She gave no specific explanation for why she accepted $23,500 in bribes from a Roxbury businessman who was secretly cooperating with the FBI, but cited untreated depression, her struggles as a black professional woman, and frustration over the violent crime that engulfed her Boston district.  Wilkerson, once a rising star in Democratic politics and the first black woman elected to the state Senate, categorically denied having a gambling problem. She also insisted she was not motivated by money.

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