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The Boston Globe reports that Boston city councilor Chuck Turner testified on Tuesday that local businessman Ronald Wilburn handed him “something” when they shook hands at a meeting in 2007, but that he does not remember receiving cash in that exchange, which Wilburn secretly videotaped as an FBI witness.

Taking the stand in his own defense against the advice of his lawyers, Turner also said he did not recall meeting Wilburn three times in his district office and at City Hall that summer, as Wilburn and prosecutors in Turner’s extortion trial have described.

Turner acknowledged that the FBI videotape shows him meeting with Wilburn Aug. 3, 2007, at the councilor’s storefront district office in Roxbury. And he conceded that Wilburn, who carried a briefcase rigged with a surveillance camera to the office, testified that the tape shows Wilburn giving Turner $1,000 in cash during a handshake.