Turner Calls Character Witnesses As Defense In Corruption Trial

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Embattled Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner is calling for character witnesses to help his defense in his upcoming federal corruption trial.

In an e-mail to supporters, Turner asked his constituents to testify about the help they've received from him.

Turner is accused of accepting a $1,000 bribe, but he maintains his innocence.

"Anybody who is facing that situation should be given not only the opportunity to present his defense, but also support," Turner said.

Turner is hoping that his supporters will testify "so that the jury and the public can understand that I would never, I would never ask somebody to give me money to perform a service," he said.

Turner was originally charged in connection with former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson's corruption case. Wilkerson plead guilty in June.

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