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“If justice means sentencing Chuck Turner to three years for supposedly taking $1,000, then former Chelsea Housing Authority Executive Director Michael E. McLaughlin should get life.”

“If justice means sentencing Chuck Turner to three years for supposedly taking $1,000, then former Chelsea Housing Authority Executive Director Michael E. McLaughlin should get life.”

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U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’ confused rationale in sentencing recommendations

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz sought a prison term of 33 to 41 months when Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner was convicted of accepting a bribe of $1,000 for constituent services. However, Ortiz accepted a guilty plea in exchange for a one-year sentence from Michael E. McLaughlin, who as head of the Chelsea Housing Authority took unauthorized compensation of up to $366,000 per year.