Thursday, 4:30 PM
Statement read in court by Peter Berdovsky
"Last fall, I was hired to place electronic ads in and around the city of Boston as part of a marketing campaign. I never could have anticipated that the ads would be seen as threatening.
"However I realize the importance of being vigilant and careful in these times of global tensions. It is ever more important now to be transparent and honest with each other, keeping our community informed and safe. I deeply regret that this incident caused such anguish and disruption for so many people.
"I acknowledge responsibility for my part in that disruption, and I apologize to the residents of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and everyone else affected for the hardships they've encountered. I'm happy that I've been able to offer a contribution to the city through my community service.
"I hope I will be given a chance to redeem myself in the eyes of the city by helping make it a safe, peaceful and happy place for all."