Turner Voted Off Boston City Council

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The Boston City Council has expelled Councilor Chuck Turner following his conviction on federal corruption charges.

The council voted 11-1 on Wednesday to remove the 70-year-old Turner from office. A two-thirds vote was needed for expulsion.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

It was two years ago Turner was arrested in his office. He was caught in the same undercover sting that netted former State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. Both are charged with accepting bribes.

Turner was indicted and convicted of attempted extortion.

In filing the motion, City Council President Michael Ross praised Turner for working tirelessly on behalf of constituents, but said no councilor should be above the law.

In a letter to the Fenway News on Tuesday, Turner compared himself civil rights icon Rosa Parks. “Fifty-five years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the front of the bus… Fifty-five years later, I am refusing to give up my seat on the council rather than submit to the prosecutorial tyranny of former US Attorney Sullivan.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

Turner was not be allowed to vote, although he can run for re-election as a convicted felon.

Turner is the first councilman to be expelled in the 100-year history of the modern city council.

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  • Cynic

    I really don’t know where to make this comment because WBZ is not following up on this story. There is a loose connection in that the incident happened in Roxbury and it is about how the City does business…The other day a City tow truck came barreling down St.James street and smashed into a house at #61. In response to the incident The City is charging the OWNER of the property with maintaining a building with structual defects,caused by the CITY TOW TRUCK smashing into the building.ONLY IN BOSTON !!!!!

  • MSW

    Of course this buffoon wants the vote on his expulsion delayed till his sentencing so he can collect another two months salary. He should have been ousted the minute the felony guilty verdicts were read. It’s outrageous that he’ll be allowed to run again as a convicted felon (try getting a decent job in the private sector as a convicted felon). Guaranteed that if he does run, he’ll be voted in again by his “community” – Just look at Marion Barry.

    • REW

      @ MSW, That sounds like a pretty racist statement to me. Sounds like someone needs as much help as he does.

      • MSW

        @REW – racist no, stating the obvious, YES. He was voted in again overwhelmingly even after his indictment and after the video of him taking the bribe or as he calls it ‘preachers handshake’ was all over every newscast for weeks.

  • steve

    reguarding mr turner space exploration concept.,,you should be exploring the space in a jailcell.,,and a psycologest (state funded of course) should be exploring the space inbtween your ear’s sir.

  • mikey

    Chuck Turner comparing his situation to that of Rosa Parks is nothing other than totally disgusting.

  • Just Me

    Chuck Turner is comparing him self to Rosa Parks…that is so very insulting to Ms. Parks. Turner is nothing but a crook.

    • brat

      He doesn’t deserve to wash Rosa Parks feet. History will remember and celebrate Rosa Parks for what she did. History will not be so generous to Turner.

  • Ellen

    I’m just sick and tired of seeing him all over the news.

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