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    January 20, 2018
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  • WESTGATE CHAPEL
  • 22901 Edmonds Way
    Edmonds, Washington 98020
    January 20, 2018
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    Charles Hamilton  Turner
    January 14, 1936
    Chicago, Illinois
    January 8, 2018
    Kirkland, Washington
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    Charles H. Turner, former United States Attorney, District of Oregon, died January 8th at Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. He was six days short of his eighty-second birthday. In more than thirty years with the Department of Justice, Turner was the lead prosecutor in several highly-publicized criminal cases. Among these was the prosecution of the American Indian Movement figures Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks, and Kenneth Loud Hawk in the aftermath of AIM’s occupation of the Wounded Knee site in South Dakota. Turner also tried the first domestic terrorism case in modern American legal history when Frank Giese, a Portland State University professor, hatched a plot to bomb the National Guard armory in Portland as well as several other sites in that city. Perhaps even more celebrated was the case of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and members of his commune located near The Dalles in northern Oregon. In the course of Turner’s investigation he was targeted for assassination by a squad of snipers from the commune.

    Turner was born in Chicago to Frederick W. Turner, Jr., a prominent attorney, and Frances Franklin Turner, an interior decorator. Following graduation from Brown University he entered DePaul Law School. After graduating (L.L.B., 1961), he was recommended to Edward V. Hanrahan, United States Attorney for Northern...

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