Judge gives Burfoot an extension to challenge jury’s guilty verdicts

Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, after a jury found him guilty of public corruption and perjury. (WAVY Photo)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Convicted Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot was granted an extension Wednesday to file several motions challenging the jury’s guilty verdicts.

Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot found guilty of public corruption

The deadline for Burfoot to submit any post-verdict motions was Wednesday, Jan. 4. In a request, Burfoot asked for an extension, citing the holidays, his counsel’s “heavy post-trial schedule” and the “need to address even more recent additional developments involving certain city and recall petition-related matters.”

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A judge extended the deadline to Monday.

Burfoot’s attorney, Andrew Sacks, told 10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox that in the post-verdict motions, he will argue that the jury did not follow the judge’s instructions on deliberations in carefully weighing all of the evidence in the trial.

Immediately after the public corruption, Sacks voiced his issues with the quickness of the jury’s guilty verdicts.

Burfoot was found guilty of taking kickbacks and bribes in excess of $450,000. The jury deliberated for five hours after hearing five weeks of evidence.

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Efforts to recall Burfoot were kicked into overdrive after he was found guilty. The deputy city attorney of Norfolk has filed a motion to suspend Burfoot and Norfolk City Council voted unanimously to request that Burfoot resign. Still, Burfoot has not stepped down, and Sacks says his client has no plans to do so.

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