NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Federal jury on Friday found Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot guilty on six counts of public corruption. 10 On Your Side asked legal experts: What happens next to the position of treasurer in the city?
According to attorney and former city councilman Andy Protogyrou, there are several ways Burfoot can be removed from office.
“Come Monday morning, either [Burfoot] can resign, or the judges will select someone to take his place,” Protogyrou said.
Following the verdict, Burfoot’s attorney Andrew sacks said, “No, [Burfoot] is not going to resign at this time.”
Sacks said Burfoot plans to appeal the conviction.
10 On Your Side has been investigating whether Burfoot has to resign from his state office as treasurer now that he has been convicted of a felony. According to Virginia state code, it appears Burfoot doesn’t have to resign until his final appeal.
WAVY’s Andy Fox conferred with lawyer and Delegate Stephen Heretick (D – Portsmouth). He agreed State Code § 24.2-236 allows for the Norfolk Circuit Court to suspend Burfoot pending his appeals and appoint someone else to act in his place.
The court may, in its discretion, continue the suspension until the matter is finally disposed of in the Supreme Court or otherwise, such as in the Federal Court of Appeals.
Protogyrou said he thinks there will eventually be a special election for the treasurer position. Most likely, he believes during the summer.
“I think by the power of law, right now, he will lose his seat,” he explained.