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Reported by Jason Miles

Fullilove's own wish might not be granted by rest of council

Fans cheered for the players on the field and their voice at city hall during Friday night's football game at Melrose Stadium in Orange Mound.

"Janis Fullilove is very well known," councilwoman Wanda Halbert said.

She is also thinking of her colleague the night after Fullilove's third arrest this year.  

"Just concerned about her and what she's having to go through," Halbert said.

However, she's not yet willing to give Fullilove what she wants and what many in the community are calling for.

"You know, I think with all the legal issues going on," Halbert said.  "I think we definitely need to be careful because we are not a court of law."

Fullilove sent a letter to city hall following an appearance in court.  The following is an excerpt:
     

"As an elected body, we have the shared responsibility of doing what's best for all of the citizens of Memphis and not to be diverted from those responsibilities because of irresponsible behavior on the part of one member.  It's that reason, that I would like the council to support a censure, in order that the council can continue, without interruption, doing what's best for the citizens of Memphis."

"And I certainly want to apologize to all of my constituency," Fullilove said outside the courthouse.

"We do hope that Janis the person gets well," councilman Shea Flinn said.

But Flinn is another who believes any punishment by the council may be premature.

"I think it's always troubling when an elected body gets in the way of the criminal justice system," Flinn said.  "And we should give it time to work."

That gives Fullilove time to "run the ball" without interference.


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Below is the letter Fullilove sent to city hall:

 

Chairman Lowery:
 
 
I first of all would like to thank you and other members of the council for your prayers and your concern, as I am facing a serious trial during this recovery period in my life.  I know that the councils' attention has been pulled into my decision to seek help regarding a number of issues that I am now facing, and for that I sincerely apologize.  As an elected body, we have the shared responsibility of doing what's best for all of the citizens of Memphis and not to be diverted from those responsibilites because of iresponsbile behavior of the part of one member.  It's that reason, that I would like the council to support a censure, in order that the council can continue, without interruption, doing what's best for the citizens of Memphis.
 
I again, would like to apologize to each member of the council, while asking for their prayers in this most trying time of my life.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Janis Fullilove
City Council District 8-Po.2

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