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Chuck Turner’s corruption conviction upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld the corruption conviction and three-year prison sentence of former Boston city councilor Chuck Turner, rejecting his claim of a flawed verdict and an attempt by the government to vindictively punish him.

In the decision handed down Wednesday by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, the justices referred to Turner’s contention that he did not know he had been handed $1,000 by an informant in an ­exchange captured on video surveillance. Turner said that the handoff was akin to a “preacher’s handshake” and that it would have been rude to look down to see what was in his hand. Prosecutors said the money was a bribe.

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