The question asked:Long-time State Senator Dianne Wilkerson just barely lost the primary for her seat. What is she noted for?
a) She failed to file federal tax returns from 1991 to 1994.
b) She was endorsed by the mayor and the governor.
c) She’s the only African American in the state Senate.
d) She paid a $10,000 fine for campaign finance violations.
e) All of the above
The answer is e.
I wondered if this local news was important to these students. Then I picked up the twice weekly student paper – which is generally very good -- read a very positive story about Sen. Wilkerson. It failed to mention any of the tax and campaign finance problems.
It noted her history with NU:
Wilkerson said she has a long history with Northeastern and has made it a priority to "develop a mutual and respectful relationship between the university and the surrounding neighborhoods."
And it mentioned her recent primary loss and her write in campaign.
Despite setbacks, Wilkerson said her hopes were high that she would win.
"We are focusing on getting to November," Wilkerson said. "We believe we will be victorious."
No context. No mentions of a) b) or d). A single paragraph explaining her troubles and a comment from her would have gone a long way.
So, I’m glad my students are up to date. A day or two later, this story appeared in the Globe.
State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, who has been dogged by legal troubles for years and lost the Democratic primary for her seat last month, now faces the possibility of disbarment.
The state Office of the Bar Counsel filed a complaint yesterday accusing Wilkerson of violating the rules of professional conduct by lying under oath at a 2005 court hearing at which her nephew, Jermaine Berry, requested a new trial on a manslaughter conviction.