As promised, ex-city Councilor Chuck Turner has filed a federal lawsuit demanding he be allowed back into the City Council chambers.
In his suit, co-filed Thursday with several constituents in US District Court in Boston, Turner charges his Dec. 1 expulsion from the council violated his and their Constitutional rights against punishments enacted after the fact - in Turner's case, a council rule allowing for ousters that was passed after his indictment - and that the move leaves all of District 7 without an elected representative. The suit also alleges violations of Turner's First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Read more
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
Oct. 7, 2010
After two years of warring in the court of public opinion and a flurry of legal filings, District Councillor Chuck Turner and federal prosecutors head to U.S. District Court next week.
In November 2008, Turner was hit with charges of accepting a $1,000 bribe and lying to FBI agents, a month after Dianne Wilkerson, then a state senator, was arrested on accepting thousands of dollars in bribes. Both cases involved a cooperating witness seeking to obtain a liquor license for a proposed club in Roxbury, who, according to Turner, was also involved in a “police corruption investigation.” Read more
UPDATE: The make-up of each committee is posted below.
The City Council's two new at-large councillors are getting two new committees to work with:
-- Ayanna Pressley, the council's first African-American woman, is chairing the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities. The committee will cover city programs on youth, families and new Bostonians. Read more
The candidates running for the District 7 seat on the Boston City Council face off again this week, in a Roxbury forum on Wednesday night. Incumbent Chuck Turner and challenger Carlos Henriquez will both be at the Vine St. Community Center at 339 Dudley St. for a 6:30 p.m. forum. The forum is sponsored by the Vine St. Community Council, Think Politics, NAACP and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. In our original posting, we incorrectly listed the event as happening on Tuesday night. Our apologies.
The two candidates running to represent District 7 face off against one another on Wednesday night in Roxbury. Chuck Turner, who is facing federal corruption charges that he says are false, is running for re-election. Challenger Carlos Henriquez is making his second bid to topple him. The two-hour forum, at Hibernian Hall on Dudley St., starts at 6 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the RoxVote Coalition, the Dudley St. Neighborhood Initiative, and Democratic Ward Committees 9 and 12.
District 7 Councilor Chuck Turner said Tuesday the idea of bodyguards on the day of the preliminary election came from staffers concerned about reporters "hounding" him. Read more
Incumbent District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner and his challenger, Carlos Henriquez, missed the deadline for campaign finance reports that were due into the city clerkâ€™s office by the end of Monday. Tardy filers could be subject to a fine of $10 for each day a report is late. Read more
District 7 candidate Carlos Henriquez has often walked around the federal corruption charges levied against Councillor Chuck Turner.
But now he's getting "nervous," he tells the Jamaica Plain Gazette, about the surveillance video that FBI officials released to the press that allegedly shows Turner accepting a $1,000 bribe. (Turner has pleaded not guilty.)
Also: the Gazette reports that Henriquez needs a crash course in campaign finance law and how it works.
Or, the case of the mysterious white van:
Federal prosecutors have offered a behind-the-scenes look at the arrests of former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and District 7 City Councillor Chuck Turner in response to a judge questioning their methods in hauling the two politicians in on corruption charges. Read more