Council members working on measure to censure Fullilove

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Fellow Memphis City Council members are working on measure to censure Janis Fullilove.

Councilman Bill Boyd drew up the censure resolution Monday.

Censure the toughest card the council can play in the Fullilove case - has only happened once before in the history of the Memphis City Council. It could happen again Tuesday.

"Censuring Ms. Fullilove along the lines of what the council did in the year 2000," Boyd said.  
That year the council censured councilwoman Pat Vanderschaaf for shoplifting from a Memphis store. This censure follows something much different.
"My concern was not only for council woman Fullilove, but for the people that she was endangering, as would anyone be in that condition," Boyd said.
Janis Fullilove has been arrested four times since taking office at the beginning of this year. They involve DUI arrests and a falsified driver's license.

But some council members said not so fast.

"We need to be very careful with any of the legal issues that lie ahead of her," council member Wanda Halbert said.
Halbert said she could vote for censure but now may not be the right time.

"We need to allow the judicial system to do its job and we do our job as council members and colleagues of council member Fullilove," Halbert said.  
Boyd brought up a softer resolution two weeks ago without the mention of censure. It was tabled to Tuesday. This time council members are expected to vote.

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