- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Norfolk City Council is calling for Treasurer Anthony Burfoot to resign, days after he was convicted of taking bribes to help businessmen.

News outlets report council members voted unanimously Tuesday to ask Burfoot to resign by Thursday and to direct the city manager to “take all actions necessary to secure the city’s financial assets.”

Based on Virginia law, it appears Burfoot doesn’t have to step down since he’s an independently elected official.

Burfoot’s attorney, Andrew Sacks, has repeatedly said that his client will not resign.

Sacks says Burfoot “respectfully disagrees” with the council’s action and stated that the matter is legal, not political.

A federal jury Friday found Burfoot guilty of six counts of corruption charges. Officials say Burfoot faces up to 90 years in prison at his April sentencing.

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