Louisville Metro Councilman David James http://wfpl.org en Democrats Mike O'Connell and Karen Faulkner Lash Out in Jefferson County Attorney Race Debate http://wfpl.org/post/democrats-mike-oconnell-and-karen-faulkner-lash-out-jefferson-county-attorney-race-debate <p>Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the policies of current Jefferson County attorney, Mike O’Connell.&nbsp;</p><p>Faulkner criticized O’Connell during a debate on Friday hosted by the <a href="https://www.loubar.org/">Louisville Bar Association</a>.&nbsp; The two are opponents in the May primary.</p><p>Faulkner said O’Connell has displayed unethical behavior, making him unfit to serve the people of Jefferson County.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:00:46 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9003 at http://wfpl.org Democrats Mike O'Connell and Karen Faulkner Lash Out in Jefferson County Attorney Race Debate Louisville Councilman David James' Jobs-Conflict Case Punted Back to Attorney General's Office http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-david-james-jobs-conflict-case-punted-back-attorney-generals-office <p>Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine is returning a controversial case involving Louisville Metro Councilman David James' potential jobs conflict to the Kentucky attorney general's office.</p><p>Earlier this month, Attorney General Jack Conway sent a letter to Wine saying <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-refers-metro-councilman-david-james-dueling-jobs-case-louisville-prosecutor">"ouster authority for county offices" fell within the Louisville prosecutor's jurisdiction</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:18:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8979 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman David James' Jobs-Conflict Case Punted Back to Attorney General's Office Attorneys on Louisville Metro Council Have Taken Double Oaths http://wfpl.org/post/attorneys-louisville-metro-council-have-taken-double-oaths <p>Three Metro Council members have taken sworn oaths nearly identical to the one Democrat David James is being scrutinized about as a University of Louisville police officer.</p><p>James has sworn to the Kentucky Constitution as a council member and as a major with the campus police department, which both include saying he has not "fought a duel with deadly weapons" among similar pieces of language.</p><p>The Jefferson County attorney’s office is arguing that James is holding incompatible public offices, and must relinquish one of the two.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:10:40 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8954 at http://wfpl.org Attorneys on Louisville Metro Council Have Taken Double Oaths Attorney General Refers Metro Councilman David James' Dueling Jobs Case to Louisville Prosecutor http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-refers-metro-councilman-david-james-dueling-jobs-case-louisville-prosecutor <p>The question of whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6, is holding incompatible jobs is being been referred to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.</p><p>In a controversial memorandum, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell argued <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-attorney-louisville-councilman-david-jamess-jobs-conflict">James has taken conflicting oaths</a> as a council member, where he was first elected in 2010, and as a major with the University of Louisville police department.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:25:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8892 at http://wfpl.org Attorney General Refers Metro Councilman David James' Dueling Jobs Case to Louisville Prosecutor Legal Opinion is County Attorney Mike O'Connell Using ‘Bullying Tactic,’ Primary Challenger Says http://wfpl.org/post/legal-opinion-county-attorney-mike-oconnell-using-bullying-tactic-primary-challenger-says <p>Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the timing of the Jefferson County Attorney’s legal opinion that Metro Councilman David James’ two jobs are incompatible.</p><p>Faulkner is a former public defender who is <a href="http://faulknerforjca.com/">running for county attorney against incumbent Mike O’Connell</a> in the May primary.</p><p>James is supporting Faulkner in the Democratic primary election, citing concerns with O’Connell’s positions on expunging records and the county attorney’s tense relationship with district judges.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:01:45 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8739 at http://wfpl.org Legal Opinion is County Attorney Mike O'Connell Using ‘Bullying Tactic,’ Primary Challenger Says UofL President James Ramsey Weighs-In on Councilman David James Situation http://wfpl.org/post/uofl-president-james-ramsey-weighs-councilman-david-james-situation <p>University of Louisville President James Ramsey is questioning the legal issues surrounding Metro Councilman David <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-attorney-louisville-councilman-david-jamess-jobs-conflict">James’ alleged conflict of interest</a>.</p><p>James is employed as a UofL police officer, a position that requires an oath of office.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:46:20 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8738 at http://wfpl.org UofL President James Ramsey Weighs-In on Councilman David James Situation Ky. Attorney General Should Take 'Serious Look' at David James Opinion, County Attorney Says http://wfpl.org/post/ky-attorney-general-should-take-serious-look-david-james-opinion-county-attorney-says <p>The Kentucky Attorney General needs to take a "serious look" at Democrat David James' dual roles as a Metro Council member and University of Louisville police officer.</p><p>That's according to Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, who sat in the front row of council chambers Thursday as James cast votes in defiance of a legal opinion issued by the city's top lawyer this week.</p><p>O'Connell is arguing James is violating a <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legresou/constitu/165.htm">provision of the Kentucky Constitution</a> by occupying two incompatible offices.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8734 at http://wfpl.org Ky. Attorney General Should Take 'Serious Look' at David James Opinion, County Attorney Says Louisville Council Democrat's Internal Probe Based on 'Second-Hand Knowledge' http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-council-democrats-internal-probe-based-second-hand-knowledge <p>Louisville Metro Council Democrats are seeking to amend their caucus rules to bar legislative aides from working against fellow incumbents in local elections.</p><p>But the investigation that sparked the changes is based largely on hearsay and rumor, according to the council Democratic leader.</p><p>During the hour-long meeting, Council Democrats Vicki Aubrey Welch and David James clashed over the internal probe looking at whether his legislative aide is working to defeat an incumbent.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:13:08 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8733 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Council Democrat's Internal Probe Based on 'Second-Hand Knowledge' Jefferson County Attorney’s Legal Opinion is Political Payback, Councilman David James Says http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-attorney-s-legal-opinion-political-payback-councilman-david-james-says <p>Louisville Metro Councilman David James claims a legal opinion saying he should not cast a vote until he quits his police job is political retribution.</p><p>The Democratic lawmaker also says he plans to vote at Thursday's meeting despite a suggestion he cannot.</p><p>Jefferson County Attorney Mike <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/209450072/Memo-to-Council-Members-Re-C-M-James">O’Connell issued a memo</a> to council members on Wednesday, citing a section of Kentucky Constitution that he says forbids James from sitting on the council while being a U of L police officer.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:10:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8727 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Attorney’s Legal Opinion is Political Payback, Councilman David James Says Jefferson County Attorney: Louisville Councilman David James's Jobs Conflict http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-attorney-louisville-councilman-david-jamess-jobs-conflict <p>Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell says Metro Councilman David James, D-6, "should not be allowed to vote" on city matters until he relinquishes his job as a police officer at the University of Louisville.</p><p>In a Feb. 26 memorandum to city lawmakers, O'Connell says state law forbids James from holding two offices simultaneously.</p><p>The county attorney's office is arguing that as a campus officer and council member, James has taken conflicting oaths.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:29:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8719 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Attorney: Louisville Councilman David James's Jobs Conflict