BOSTON (CBS) – On Friday, Chuck Turner was set to report to the Hazelton Federal Prison in West Virginia to serve a three year sentence on a corruption conviction.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

But the night before continued to be about defiance, as the former Boston City Councilor took some final parting shots.

Mere hours from turning himself in, the convicted ex-councilor organized a rally at Northeastern University.

It was Turner’s last chance for quite some time, to speak in the district he represented for five terms. Enough people showed up that organizers ran out of space and had to turn people away.

Turner told his audience he believes he was the victim of a conspiracy.

“I think they’re targeting me in 2007 was due to my sponsoring that year of a resolution the Boston City Council approved 13-0 Instructing the Massachusetts congressional delegation to initiate action within Congress to withdraw our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan,” Turner explained.

Turner was convicted in October 2010 of accepting a $1,000 bribe.

The FBI caught him on an undercover camera taking the money.

Turner has refused to apologize.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager asked Turner for his thoughts on heading to prison. “If I have breath in my body, and don’t have pains that are keeping me…what do you mean by that? Tomorrow’s just another day,” Turner responded.

At this point, Turner says he’s 70 years old, he’s been a civil rights activist his entire life, and that won’t change just because he’s going to prison. He says he’ll keep that role, even if it means blogging from behind bars.

Comments (10)
  1. freechucknow says:

    Boston City Councilor Turner should be immediately released by the Democratic Obama Administration from its federal prison system since he was actually convicted as a result of an illegal FBI entrapment sting and due to the prosecutorial misconduct of former U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft’s current law partner. Imprisoning Boston’s only authentically anti-war City Councilor for three years for refusing to plead guilty for a crime that he did not commit prior to the higher courts ruling on his legal appeal is an act of political repression.

    1. BJD says:

      Oh for the love of god. Nevermind that he took a bribe. Go drink the Koolaid…and nice use of a thesaurus.

    2. hockeyfan says:

      Um…he took a bribe…..blatantly on tape. The argument ends there. Yes, the FBI targets suspected corrupt officials to keep government clean. Only a handful are dumb enough to get caught.

  2. Stephen Gitmo says:

    Both Barack Hussein Obama & Eric Holder are black, they were solely responsible for entraping Mr. Turner, also prosecuting, then convicting him to prison. This is a real black on black crime because Mr. Turner was mugged by being caught taking a small bribe on video just like every other Boston pol.

  3. Ed Dracut says:

    What a Schmuck. Have a good vacation Chuck the Schmuck.

  4. Emmit says:

    He took a bribe, he broke the law, and he got caught. He could have easily refused the money but he didn’t and now he has to pay the price. Sorry Chuck, just because you were a councilman doesn’t get you out of prison (minimum security mind you). You weren’t a victim, you chose to take the money just like Dianne and you both got caught. Greed will get you every time.

  5. Willow says:

    It was just a little bribe? Are you kidding? He had the option of refusing the money and he didn’t. So what if every other politician does it. Does that make it right? Their turns will come too. I don’t know what all the fuss is about. I’m sure this jerk won’t spend much of that 3 year sentence in jail. He continues to make himself look like a fool.

  6. paul says:

    The “PREACHERS HANDSHAKE” is off to jail !!!! Still running his mouth. It’s everybody elses fault but his own, blah, blah, blah. Chuck, enough is enough, your STUFF is getting old. You’re as guilty as sin. The only thing wrong with this sentence, is that it isn’t long enough. Enjoy your stay. I hope the accomodations are to your liking!!!

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