AP: Judge queries feds' photo releases in Wilkerson, Turner cases
A win of sorts for former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner?
AP's Glen Johnson is reporting a federal judge has asked prosecutors to provide affidavits on exactly why photographs of the two allegedly accepting bribes were released:
Judge Douglas Woodlock told a pretrial hearing audience he wants to evaluate whether prosecutors tried to "gin things up" among the public following the arrests of former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner.
Woodlock said he wanted to examine whether disclosures in their complaints - including widely disseminated photographs of the two Democrats allegedly accepting bribes, Wilkerson's in her bra - were more "fulsome" than necessary. He also said he wanted to understand any reasoning behind showing the defendants being led to court, any use of restraints such as shackles and how the defendants represented a risk of flight or a threat to the community to justify any such treatment.
Turner, a member of the Green-Rainbow Party, has accused federal prosecutors of targeting him at the behest of former U.S. Attorney John Ashcroft, a Bush appointee.
Ashcroft spokesman Mark Corallo sent an email to AP in response to the charges, saying "LOL," meaning "laughing out loud."