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Huntington councilman keeps seat after conviction

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Huntington’s City Council won’t take any action against a councilman convicted of misdemeanor charges.

Media outlets report that the council discussed Councilman Pete Gillespie’s status during an executive session on Monday. Following the session, Councilman David Ball said Gillespie hadn’t violated the city charter or the council’s rules.

The charter says council members shall be disqualified from serving if they’re convicted of a felony, become incapable of performing their duties, or miss 40 percent or more of the council’s meetings in a 12-month period. A council member also shall be disqualified if they’re convicted of a crime of moral turpitude.

City Attorney Scott McClure said Gillespie’s situation didn’t fit the description of moral turpitude.

Gillespie was convicted last week of domestic battery and violation of a domestic violence petition.

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