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Announcement :: Politics : Race
City Councilor Chuck Turner's Public Statement on His Arrest
24 Nov 2008
Modified: 02:37:59 PM
Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner was arrested last Friday, November 21st, by the FBI under corruptions charges that he denies, and was later released on a $50,000 bond. Since 2000, Turner has been one of the most progressive politicians in Boston, supporting minority groups, poor families, and other anti-war, economic and social justice issues. Below you will find the full statement he released upon his arrest:

"While I intensely dislike and think that it is highly unfair to decide a person's guilt or innocence through the media, it is clear that once you become the target of a media witch hunt, you either fight back by presenting the essence of your legal defense or allow the media wolves to destroy your reputation so that the jury's decision becomes irrelevant to public perception...

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Since my reputation for integrity has been the foundation of my fort-five year history as an activist and organizer and since I intend
to continue my fight for justice until the day that I die, I find myself confronted by the daunting task of using the media coverage to present my case to the public. This will not be easy, but I have no other alternative.

I have spent my entire life since graduating from Harvard College in 1963 fighting against the injustices faced by my racial community and
my human community. I refuse to allow the political desires of the U.S. Attorney's Office to destroy my reputation.

My defense begins today with the release to my community and the press of a copy of my response to Council President Feeney's call for a special Council meeting this Monday, November 24, 2008 at 3p.m. to decide my fate as a Councilor. I don't believe that the Council has a moral or ethical right to do that. My service as a Councilor should
only be interrupted by a decision from my constituents or by a verdict from a jury of my peers.

At 8 a.m. on Monday, November 24th, I will be on my community's radio station, Touch 106.1 F.M.. At 2:30p.m. on Monday, I will hold a press
conference on the City Hall steps. At 3p.m. I will attend the special City Council meeting that Council President Feeney has called to have
the Council decide my fate. I have requested as is my right under law, that this hearing be public so that the media and public can hear the Counsel's discussions in order to be able to decide whether
whatever actions the Council chooses to take are appropriate.

Letter to Council President Feeney, from Councilor Chuck Turner

November 23, 3008

Dear Council President Feeney,

I am very troubled by the news report that you have removed me from my committees and chairpersonships. I am also troubled by the fact that you have called a special Council meeting on Monday at 3 p.m. to apparently discuss whether to take action against me based on my

I would urge you to cancel the meeting and allow the judicial process to judge my guilt or innocence. Not only would a meeting at this
point be premature, unjust, and unfair, but also, it would create a situation in which I will not be able to defend myself since discussing specific aspects of my case would cause me to be in
violation of the conditions imposed by the Court.

While I believe I have a right to a jury trial before any Council action, if you choose to forward with the special Council meeting, I am requesting that it be an open meeting as is my right. I sincerely
believe that if the Council is going to put me on trial that it should not take place behind closed doors.


Chuck Turner

UPDATE: The City Council president postponed indefinitely the 3:00 p.m. meeting scheduled for today and moved consideration of the matters to the Rules Committee:

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