San Diego Mayor Filner to Resign to Avoid Prosecution

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign as part of a deal reached this week with city officials, NBC 7 News has learned.

FilnerFilner, spotted leaving City Hall with packing boxes Wednesday night, will formally vacate the office following a closed session of City Council Friday, according to several sources.

Filner’s attorney has a letter of resignation drafted for his signature upon approval of the tentative settlement by councilmembers.

The mayor said goodbye to his staff Wednesday before he left his office at City Hall in his security detail’s SUV. Sources say the packing boxes in the backseat contained Filner’s office effects.

City officials announced just before 7 p.m. Wednesday a proposed solution had been reached in the scandal that has consumed the city of San Diego since it first broke July 10.

The firm Payne & Fears issued a statement on behalf of Filner Thursday afternoon: “Due to the confidential nature of mediation and settlement discussions, we are unable to comment or make statements about any of the terms.”  Read the full statement here

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