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WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: The Elbert Jefferson case

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

Memphis City Attorney Elbert Jefferson had it right three months ago when he tried to resign from his position in city government. By then, of course, he had already done the bidding of former Mayor Willie Herenton by signing off on a $55,000 city payment to Herenton's personal attorney.

Jefferson ordered a "rush" on the payment approval and the cash went out the door just days before one of Herenton's announced resignation dates. Interim Mayor Myron Lowery tried to push Jefferson out the door within minutes assuming the duties of mayor.

I'm at a loss for why the Memphis City Council doesn't feel the same way. But now comes Attorney General Bill Gibbons with his own plan to oust Jefferson from office. Gibbons is dragging Jefferson into court on Tuesday to try to convince a judge to suspend him from office.

Jefferson would be doing the citizens of Memphis a favor if he would simply dust off a copy of the resignation letter that he already wrote and resubmit it. It's obvious that the city no longer needs his services.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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