Analysis A Hesitant Step Toward Harsher Treatment of Mayors Charged With Crimes

But for now, indicted mayors can continue to serve as long as the city council has not decided otherwise.

A special seven-justice panel of the High Court of Justice took a hesitant half step on Sunday in toughening its stance against mayors accused of crimes, and narrowing the gap between the treatment afforded mayors in such cases, compared with government ministers and deputy ministers. But it appears to be too modest a step.

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