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Turner arrested in corruption probe: What do you think?

11/21/2008, 6:18 a.m.
Just two days after Dianne Wilkerson resigned her state Senate seat, City Councilor Chuck Turner was arrested at Boston City Hall on charges that he accepted a $1,000 bribe and subsequently lied about it to federal investigators. Banner file


Putting a cap on a for politicians serving Boston's communities of color, City Councilor Chuck Turner was on Friday morning.

The five-term councilor from District 7 (which includes Roxbury and parts of the Fenway, the South End and Dorchester) stands accused of accepting a $1,000 bribe "and then making false statements to FBI agents who questioned him about it," according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan.

Turner will make his initial appearance in Federal District Court in Worcester at 3 p.m. today; more details are sure to emerge in the days ahead, so be sure to check back at www.baystatebanner.com for updates.

But for now, let's hear from you, Banner readers.  What's your take on the councilor's arrest?

Sound off in the comments, send a letter to the editor or drop us an e-mail to share your perspective -- whether on Turner's arrest, the charges he faces, the aftermath of Dianne Wilkerson's resignation, what this means for their constituents, etc.  It's all on the table, so grab a seat and dig in.  And as always, thanks for reading.

Take care,

Dan Devine
Deputy Editor