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Petition to force recall trial for Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 23:18:18-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot will face a recall trial after the Citizen Recall Committee said they got enough signatures on their petition.

On March 1, members of the Citizen Recall Committee went to polling locations gathering signatures in an effort to recall him from office.

Robert Brown with the Citizen Recall Committee says the group has enough verified signatures to force a recall trial against the city treasurer.

The group has enough verified signatures to force a recall trial against the city, meaning a court will decide if Burfoot stays in office.

The group needed 4,656 signatures to force a recall trial and got 4,670 signatures.

Burfoot was indicted on eight corruption charges.

The federal government is accusing him of using his position as a city official to make business deals.

In March, News 3 spoke to Andrew Sacks, Burfoot’s lawyer who called the petition efforts misguided and irresponsible. He also called the effort politically motivated. Sacks said Burfoot hasn’t been convicted of anything and deserves his right to a fair trial. He also said Burfoot will not step aside from his role as Treasurer.

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