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Turner Says He Won’t Step Down

By Doug Cope, WBZ News Radio
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Tito Jackson or Cornell Mills will replace Chuck Turner (above) in a special election on Tuesday.

Tito Jackson or Cornell Mills will replace Chuck Turner (above) in a special election on Tuesday.

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BOSTON (CBS) – City Councilor Chuck Turner maintained his innocence during a rally in Roxbury on Saturday.

Just one day earlier, Turner was found guilty of accepting a $1,000 bribe and lying to FBI agents.

Turner spoke from the back of a truck before about 150 supporters in Dudley Square, saying he will not give up his city council seat, because he feels he did nothing wrong.

WBZ News Radio’s Doug Cope reports from the rally.

Turner also urged supporters to email the judge in the case, asking him to sentence Turner to probation — not jail — saying he’d rather continue working for the people here, than in jail.

Turner faces a maximum of 35 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 25.

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