Turner won't appeal verdict, closing district office

City Councillor Chuck Turner won't be appealing the verdict of a jury that found him guilty of taking a $1,000 bribe and lying to FBI agents about it, Turner said in a statement posted on his website Sunday.

He also said he's closing his district office.

Full statement below the jump:  Read more

At rally, Turner slams just about everybody

City Councillor Chuck Turner and supporters on Saturday did what they do best: they held a rally.

Around 120 supporters of Turner gathered outside his Roxbury district office, about 24 hours after a jury unanimously convicted Turner on charges of accepting a bribe from a Roxbury businessman looking for a liquor license and lying to FBI agents about it.

Turner gave a lengthy, meandering and at times fiery speech that took shots at various officials -- former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan; the Roxbury businessman, Ron Wilburn; City Council President Michael Ross -- and took detours through U.S. history, such as Shays' Rebellion after the Revolutionary War. He described the U.S. Constitution as an "illegal document."  Read more

Jury convicts Councillor Turner of taking $1,000 bribe, lying to feds

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 29, 2010

Councillor Chuck TurnerCouncillor Chuck TurnerA federal jury on Friday convicted City Councillor Chuck Turner of accepting a $1,000 bribe and lying to FBI agents about it.

The unanimous verdict came after days of testimony and a day and a half of jury deliberation. The controversial 70-year-old community activist is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 25, 2011, and faces up to a maximum of 35 years in prison.

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"The reason that Mr. Turner finds himself today a convicted felon is primarily because of choices that he made of his own free will," said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. "And those were a choice to accept money he shouldn't have, to keep it, and then to lie about it. And that's what this case is all about, plain and simple: A public official who betrayed the people he was elected to serve."

Turner supporters are holding a 3 p.m. rally outside Turner's district office in Roxbury on Saturday.  Read more

State House News Poll: Governor's race extremely close between Patrick, Baker

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Oct. 29, 2010

The race for governor remains very close heading into the final weekend of the campaign, the latest State House News Poll shows.

Gov. Deval Patrick earned 40 percent, Republican Charlie Baker 37 percent, independent Tim Cahill 9 percent and Green/Rainbow party candidate Jill Stein 3 percent. About 7 percent of respondents said they are still undecided. Margin of error of the survey is plus or minus 4.8 percent. The poll was taken Oct. 25-27.  Read more

All rise please! Paul Murphy’s Court is now adjourned

James W. Dolan, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 28, 2010

Hon. Paul MurphyHon. Paul MurphyDorchester buried one of its favorite sons this week when Judge Paul Murphy was laid to rest. A graduate of St. Mark’s School, BC High, Boston College, and Harvard Law School and a Korean war veteran, Judge Murphy had a long and distinguished career; first as a state representative and then as First Justice of the West Roxbury District Court.

Essentially shy and reserved, he nonetheless was an effective politician who won the respect and admiration of his colleagues as much for his humility as for his brilliant mind.

He became the House majority leader recognized widely for his loyalty, good advice, and sound judgment. Even after he became a judge, legislative leaders would call upon him for advice and counsel.

Comfortable yet not entirely at home in the world of politics, the five-term state representative from Wards 16 and 17, was appointed to the bench by Gov. Frank Sargent. For this compassionate man, the move provided the opportunity to more directly affect the lives of the many unfortunate souls that appeared before him daily.  Read more

It’s time, voters: Do your duty

As we head into the final days of campaign 2010, the Reporter endorses the following candidates:  Read more

The gubernatorial election and communities of color

WGBH's "Basic Black" and the Young Professionals Network on Thursday host a show focused on gubernatorial election and its impact on communities of color. Panelists include state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain), NECN anchor Latoyia Edwards, WGBH senior investigative reporter Phillip Martin and Robert Fortes, a conservative political consultant. More details after the jump.  Read more

In final face-off, four candidates debate economy, Big Dig

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 26, 2010

In the final televised debate of the campaign, Gov. Deval Patrick and Republican Charles Baker went toe-to-toe last night over the economy, immigration and Baker's role in the Big Dig financing plan as the four candidates for governor polished their pitch to voters a week before election day.

The debate - moderated by former ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson - focused heavily on the economy and each candidate's plan to put people back to work, but sparked several heated exchanges between the two front-running candidates over taxes and the Big Dig.  Read more

Library chief 'strongly supports' keeping branches open if funding found

BPL president Amy Ryan speaks at Lower Mills meetingBPL president Amy Ryan speaks at Lower Mills meetingThe city's library chief said Monday night she would "strongly support" keeping all of Boston's library branches open if funding was found. Amy Ryan, the head of the Boston Public Library system, said she would also be prepared to make that recommendation to the library system's board of trustees.

The comments, a marked shift in tone after months of talk of closing the Lower Mills branch and others, came at a packed meeting at the Richmond St. library. About a hundred supporters gathered at the Richmond St. library on Monday night as part of a "working session" on the future of the library.

Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) said he was seeing an "attitude change." "I think we're heading in the right direction," he said.  Read more

Star witness of Turner trial expects a conviction

"They're going to crucify his ass."

Those are the words of Ron Wilburn, the star witness in the trial of City Councillor Chuck Turner, just after he wrapped up testifying to the jury.

Caught standing by the elevators of the Moakley Courthouse, and with his attorney elsewhere, Wilburn gave the following assessment to reporters: It won't be the money that gets Turner, it will be the alleged false statements he made to the FBI about not knowing Wilburn, an undercover informant for the FBI. Turner, who represents Roxbury and Dorchester, is also charged with accepting a $1,000 bribe.  Read more