Indicted Boston Councilor Turner Leads 1st Meeting

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Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to prevent indicted Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner from releasing details of an investigation into public corruption at the Statehouse and City Hall.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John McNeil says such an order would prevent Turner from selectively using the information as part of his media campaign to discredit the government's probe.

Turner is accused of accepting a $1,000 bribe from a businessman who was seeking help in obtaining a liquor license.

As the senior member of the Boston City Council, Turner presided today over the first meeting of the year that elected Mike Ross as the new council president.

Councilors also are awaiting a review of the evidence against Turner by a retired judge before deciding whether to seek his removal from office.

This program aired on January 5, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.