Key Government Witness In Turner Trial Testifies

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After threatening not to take the stand, the government's key witness testified today in Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner's corruption trial.

Boston businessman Ronald Wilburn told the jury he gave Turner a $1,000 bribe while working as an FBI informant.

Outside the courtroom, Turner's defense lawyer Barry Wilson reacted to the testimony.

"If you're all paying attention," Wilson said, "I think we had a few inconsistencies and I think we have some wide openings that everybody ought to be paying attention to."

The prosecution's case centers on a secret video recording that show Wilburn allegedly handing Turner a bribe, but it isn't clear what exactly changes hands.

Wilburn will likely be cross-examined tomorrow.


This program aired on October 21, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

David Boeri Twitter Senior Reporter
Now retired, David Boeri was a senior reporter at WBUR.