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Turner's wife subpoenaed by grand jury
By Globe Staff
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed the wife of City Councilor Chuck Turner as part of an ongoing government corruption investigation, according to a press release issued by Turner's campaign.
Terri Small-Turner has been subpoenaed in her capacity as treasurer of her husband's reelection campaign, according to the release. She has been asked to produce all campaign documents from the past four years.
The US attorney's office declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation. As a matter of routine, the office does not discuss grand jury matters, according to Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan.
The release issued by Turner's campaign notified the media of a press conference on Friday morning outside US District Court in Boston to discuss the subpoena.
Turner and former state senator Dianne Wilkerson pleaded not guilty yesterday to conspiracy and extortion charges stemming from the FBI bribery investigation.
Turner, a 68-year-old Green-Rainbow Party member, pleaded not guilty to five felonies: one count of conspiracy to extort, one count of attempted extortion, and three counts of making false statements to FBI agents.
Wilkerson, a 53-year-old Democrat, pleaded not guilty to nine felonies: eight counts of attempted extortion and one count of conspiracy to extort. Authorities say she took $23,500 in bribes from the same businessman who allegedly paid Turner.
Earlier on Wednesday, Turner told the Associated Press that prosecutors may have faked a photograph that authorities said was taken from a surveillance camera. The photo purportedly shows Turner taking $1,000 in folded bills from a cooperating witness in his Roxbury office on Aug. 3, 2007, in exchange for help in securing a liquor license for a Roxbury nightclub.
"I've seen some grainy photographs," Turner told the Associated Press. "I don't know if that's me. They doctor photographs. I know it looks something like me, but the reality is I haven't seen the real photo. There hasn't been an analysis done on the photographs."
After the court hearing, Turner refused to discuss the comments.