Citizens Group Forces Recall Trial of Norfolk Treasurer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A citizens group has gathered enough valid signatures to force a recall trial of Norfolk’s city treasurer facing federal corruption charges.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://goo.gl/19zAR8) that Anthony Burfoot will face a recall trial with a retired circuit judge presiding. No trial date has been set.

In Virginia, a recall petition leads to trials rather a popular election. A judge or jury decides whether to remove the elected official from office.

The citizens group said Burfoot has lost the public’s trust. The former vice mayor is accused of receiving at least $475,000 in kickbacks and bribes between 2005 and early 2011.

Burfoot pleaded not guilty in January to eight counts, including conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right, and perjury.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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