Chuck Turner Is Out

For the first time in 100 years, Boston city councilors have expelled one of their own colleagues:

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.

Chuck Turner (WBUR)

Chuck Turner (WBUR)

Councilor Charles Yancey, a Turner supporter, was the only member to vote against expulsion, after stamping his feet on procedural grounds and trying to delay or postpone the hearing.

Councilor and Turner protégé Felix Arroyo and Councilor Ayanna Pressley delivered emotional speeches before saying they would vote “yes,” with heavy hearts.

WBUR’s David Boeri, reporting from council chambers, said Turner supporters booed and called out “Traitor!” to Arroyo and Pressley.

From the Globe:

Turner represented the heart of Boston’s African-American community and has accused the FBI and federal prosecutors of targeting him because he is black.

“The reality is that the conviction that is being used as the reason for my removal … was a setup,” he told fellow councilors in a speech before the vote. “That conviction was rotten.”

After the vote, he called the council’s decision “a grievous error.”

Turner has to get out of his office by Friday.

2 thoughts on “Chuck Turner Is Out

  1. KingCast

    Exclusive Chuck Turner Council Vote Video:

    01 December 2010

    KingCast presents faces of consternation as the Boston Civil Rights Community vows: “We will keep Chuck Turner’s fight for Justice and Equality alive!”

    KingCast65 video regarding the expulsion vote, which was cast without any clear authority to do so, as will be duly noted shortly by the eloquent presentation of Councilor Yancey, the Councilor with more experience than anyone else in the entire room. If you want to start talking about expansion of plenary powers to take such a grand action then so be it, but Common Sense says that if the Charter intended for the Council to have such power it would be clearly enumerated.

    And oh, yah Attorney Sullivan, have your day of Glory, you spent $30K of our money to trick a guy used to spending his own money on community projects to pick up $1,000.00. A guy with zero history of corruption or selfishness who worked for everyone in his community regardless of age, race, sex, orientation, religion or color. Even your own witness was disgusted by you and your racism and he openly said as much.

    But here’s the thing, Counselor: You just made Chuck Turner bigger than he already was, because the Community is going to begin and sustain a vigilant, directed missive toward the Goal of Justice, and I will be right there to document it. Thanks for lighting the Fire, you threw down the Gauntlet now we will pick it up and smote you right ‘cross your noggin with it.

  2. Sterling

    Turner cannot face reality, this might have a lot to do his denial of the crime being committed by him.  There simply no evidence of any racial disparity or being targeted because of his racial identity.  It is unfortunate, because he had so much to offer to his constituents. If you cannot do the time do not do the crime..