March 25th I begin my three year sentence at the Minimum
Security Camp at the Hazelton Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills,
A) My appeal:
asked the Federal Court to appoint an lawyer for my appeal
since I am indigent based on my removal from the Boston
City Council. They agreed and I have been assigned a Boston
lawyer, Charles Rankin, who is viewed as one of Boston’s
best appeal lawyers. He says that he thinks he will be ready
by the fall to make a presentation to the First Circuit
Appeals’ Court Panel. However, given his view of the difficulty
of overturning cases on appeal, he warns against becoming
optimistic regarding success.
My suit against the City for unjust termination:
pro bono lawyer is this court action, Chester Darling, is
very confident that we should win the basic argument that
they did not have a legal right to remove me. However, he
is not sure whether we will be able to succeed in a suit
for damages. Attorney Darling will argue the case before
the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) no later
than September of this year. The SJC has agreed to hear
the issues and report their finding to the Chief Justice
of the Massachusetts Federal Court based on his request
to them for guidance.
C) My presentation Thursday, March 24th to a forum
at N.U. Law School:
am one of the participants in a Forum at N.U. Law School
this Thursday, March 24th, at 7 p.m. at Dockser Hall, room
240, at 65 Forsythe Street. The focus of the Forum is Crimes
Under Color of Law. Speakers will focus on “criminal collusion”
between the FBI and the MA US Attorney’s office over the
last 4 decades. At the end of the forum there will be a
call for organizations to come to a meeting in early April
to organize a community based commission to continue the
expose of injustice at the Justice Dept.
D) See You Soon!
seems inconceivable that after 46 years of service to my
people and my community, I am about to spend three years
in a federal lockup. However, as the song says, “Keep your
Eyes on the Prize”. Don’t let the defeats in the struggle
for justice distract. Given the 400 year experience of our
ancestors, I have no right to complain despite the injustice
of it all.
and I thank you for your wonderful support. It reminded
us what community really means. How can you help? One way
is to help retire the debt owed to us by the campaign. All
checks should be sent to Committee to Reelect Chuck Turner,
P.O. Box 190251, Roxbury 02119.
most important assistance is to stand up and fight back
whenever you see injustice. You and I know that former US
Attorney Sullivan’s objective was to break our spirit. They
now know they can’t break mine. Show them they can’t break
yours.. Be part of the unending Chain of Change! Don’t complain!
Fight Back! .
US Attorney Sullivan has failed. His purpose was to silence
me. However, he is learning that while his system can put
my body in jail, my spirit and voice remain free. You can
access my writings at here on BlackCommentator.com and SupportChuckTurner.com.
Luta Continua—The Struggle Continues!
Board Member Chuck Turner - Served as a member of the Boston City Council for ten years
and eleven months. He was a member and founder of the Fund
the Dream campaign and was the Chair of the Council’s Human
Rights Committee, and Vice Chair of the Hunger and Homelessness
here to contact Mr.Turner or write to him at the following address:
Minimum Security Camp
Mills, WV 26525