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Unless they resign, charged council members will likely remain

 Four members of the Toledo City Council have been accused of accepting bribes while in office, according to court documents obtained by 13abc on Tuesday. At least three of those council members have been placed into federal custody. 13abc crews were on the scene as council members Larry Sykes and Yvonne Harper were placed into custody. Federal documents also implicate council members Gary Johnson and Tyrone Riley.
Four members of the Toledo City Council have been accused of accepting bribes while in office, according to court documents obtained by 13abc on Tuesday. At least three of those council members have been placed into federal custody. 13abc crews were on the scene as council members Larry Sykes and Yvonne Harper were placed into custody. Federal documents also implicate council members Gary Johnson and Tyrone Riley. (WTVG)
Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 5:43 PM EDT
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Can Toledo City Council vote members off if they’re accused of corruption?

The answer is probably not, according to Gerald Dendinger, clerk of Toledo City Council.

“If they don’t resign or die or there’s not a recall, which would take about 7,300 petitions to have a recall election, there’s nothing that can be done,” he said.

“I think the Ohio Election laws supersede our laws," he added. "And there’s nothing in the charter that specifically allows the council to do that. Now there’s something in our charter that allows for something called expulsion, and I’ve always understood that to mean from the meeting. They're disorderly at a meeting. The council could by a 2/3s vote majority elect to excuse them from the building. I don’t think they can get them off council entirely.”

Council has a special meeting Tuesday to address business that was postponed after four members, Larry Sykes, Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, and Gary Johnson

. All four members are expected to be at the meeting.

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