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Attorney: Charged Topeka official mulling options

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
An attorney for a Topeka City Council member facing two felony charges says his client is considering whether he

John Campos, Jr., after Topeka City Council rules he followed improper procedures. On Monday, he was charged with two felonies. (WIBW)

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for a Topeka City Council member facing two felony charges says his client is considering whether he'll fight the charges and an attempt to remove him from office.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that attorney Chris Joseph said Councilman John Campos II is not sure what he'll do and must decide whether a public battle serves his interests, his family or his constituents.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor filed a lawsuit this week seeking Campos' ouster. Taylor also filed charges against Campos of making a false writing and interfering with law enforcement.

The charges allege Campos altered a proof-of-insurance form to get out of a citation for driving without insurance and disposed of the form. Joseph said the form may only have been difficult to read.

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The Shawnee County district attorney is seeking the ouster of a Topeka city councilman who faces two felony charges.

Court records indicate John Campos II was charged Monday with one count of false writing and one count of Interference with law enforcement. Campos is accused of presenting a fake insurance card to the city's legal department while seeking to have a ticket from a traffic stop dismissed.

The petition from Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says Campos' alleged actions violate state law and require him to give up his council seat.

WIBW NewsNow reports Campos declined to comment on the charges. The city referred all questions to Taylor, whose office said he would have no comment.

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