ethics ordinance http://wfpl.org en Louisville Metro Councilman David James Defends Vote in Shanklin Removal Trial http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-councilman-david-james-defends-vote-shanklin-removal-trial <p>Louisville Metro Councilman David James said he believes Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin "made many mistakes" in the events that led to her removal trial last month, but that she hadn't acted to profit herself or her family.</p><p>James spoke to reporters Tuesday to expand on why he voted against removing Shanklin from the Metro Council.&nbsp;</p><p>James, a Democrat whose Sixth District stretches from Old Louisville to the California neighborhood, said he's still found himself discussing the Aug. 1 decision, and he's concerned that race has become an element of those conversations.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:30:50 +0000 Joseph Lord 6446 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Councilman David James Defends Vote in Shanklin Removal Trial Barbara Shanklin to Louisville Metro Council: Let Me Regain Your Trust http://wfpl.org/post/barbara-shanklin-louisville-metro-council-let-me-regain-your-trust <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, has released a statement<a href="/post/barbara-shanklin-stay-louisville-metro-council-opposition-calls-decision-embarrassing">&nbsp;after a days-long trial </a>that ended with a Council ruling that she'd committed misconduct while performing her public duties.</p><p>Thirteen Metro Council members voted to remove Shanklin from office—one shy of the necessary number.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The findings stems from signed checks to a neighborhood organization she was involved with.</span></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:12:21 +0000 Devin Katayama 6332 at http://wfpl.org Barbara Shanklin to Louisville Metro Council: Let Me Regain Your Trust Barbara Shanklin to Stay on Louisville Metro Council, Opposition Calls Decision ‘Embarrassing' http://wfpl.org/post/barbara-shanklin-stay-louisville-metro-council-opposition-calls-decision-embarrassing <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, will keep her job despite a majority of her peers saying that she showed misconduct while performing her public duties. Those council members who supported her removal now say the integrity of the local government has been compromised.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:27:01 +0000 Devin Katayama 6314 at http://wfpl.org Barbara Shanklin to Stay on Louisville Metro Council, Opposition Calls Decision ‘Embarrassing' Councilwoman Shanklin's Defense Attorney Grills City Officials Over Upholstery Program Details http://wfpl.org/post/councilwoman-shanklins-defense-attorney-grills-city-officials-over-upholstery-program-details <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s defense attorney forced city officials to concede key points about an upholstery program at the center&nbsp; her removal trial.</p><p>Shanklin is accused of misusing taxpayer dollars to benefit herself and her relatives through classes promoted towards ex-offenders, which records show she attended over a dozen times.</p><p>Attorney David Tachau is prosecuting the case and has called the upholstery courses a "phony" that Shanklin and her family members used for their own benefit rather than district residents.</p><p>Corrections Director Mark Bolton, who had described the program as "goofy," told juror halting it in November 2011 was a "no-brainer" given the lack of former inmates involved. But during cross-examination Shanklin's defense attorney Aubrey Williams rattled Bolton, who admitted the department's agreement with the course instructor didn't limit participation to ex-offenders.</p><p>Williams says the contract was vague and Bolton’s department was sloppy in that it established few rules, which shows the issues with the program were the city's fault and not Shanklin.</p><p>He also got Bolton to admit that the corrections director continued to sign-off on the program's pay invoices for three years despite knowing ex-offenders weren’t involved.</p><p>"Please explain why if you had determined that these funds were not being used for their intended purpose would you approve their payments," Williams asked. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:05:01 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6250 at http://wfpl.org Councilwoman Shanklin's Defense Attorney Grills City Officials Over Upholstery Program Details Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Trial Focuses On Record Keeping, Transactions http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilwoman-barbara-shanklins-ethics-trial-focuses-record-keeping-transactions <p>Louisville Metro’s internal auditor says there were two questions he considered when reviewing the relationship between Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin and the ex-offender program she helped oversee: did her relatives benefit and was there double billing?</p><p>Ingram Quick was the second witness to testify for Shanklin’s removal trial since it began&nbsp;Monday. The Council Court--made up of 20 council members who act as jury--will decide whether she can stay on the Metro Council.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 6234 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Trial Focuses On Record Keeping, Transactions Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Ran 'Phony' Program, Says Prosecutor http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilwoman-barbara-shanklin-ran-phony-program-says-prosecutor <p>The prosecuting attorney in Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's removal trial says the Democratic lawmaker ran a "phony" ex-offenders program that served no public purpose other than to intentionally and persistently deceive the city.</p><p>But Shanklin's defense lawyer argues the councilwoman did nothing wrong and the prosecution's key witness is the one under criminal suspicion of taking public funds.</p><p>Shanklin faces two charges that she deliberately violated the city’s code of ethics.</p><p>The councilwoman is accused misusing public funds for an upholstery program meant for former inmates that mostly she and her relatives attended, and improperly controlling grants awarded to the Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association.</p><p>At the heart of both opening statements were allegations made by upholstery instructor Linda Haywood, who told investigators Shanklin would often pay her in advance using the group's account. However, Haywood said she would reimburse the councilwoman in cash.</p><p>Attorney David Tachau is representing the charging committee. He says financial records show Haywood was paid by both Metro Corrections and the neighborhood group for teaching the same classes, but that the taxpayers were never reimbursed</p><p>"We know that Linda Haywood was paid twice $2,300 in a program Barbara Shanklin said was her program and that Haywood said she paid her back," he says. "Either Linda Haywood is not telling the truth, and she kept the money, which means that Barbara Shanklin allowed a government vendor to double dip from taxpayer funds in the program she was overseeing. Or Linda Haywood is telling the truth, and Barbara Shanklin pocketed more than $2,300."</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:56:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6219 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Ran 'Phony' Program, Says Prosecutor Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Subpoena Denied in Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Removal Trial http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-subpoena-denied-councilwoman-barbara-shanklin-removal-trial <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will not have to testify at embattled Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's removal trial.</p><p>Attorney Aubrey Williams had sought to subpoena the mayor so Fischer would explain the administration’s reasoning for terminating the upholstery program for ex-offenders that Shanklin continued to fund.</p><p>Metro Corrections halted the program in November 2011 in a letter to the program's instructor after learning few former inmates attend.</p><p>But an affidavit signed by Fischer says he did not have any knowledge about the program until after the decision was made. The court accepted the mayor's explanation that he leaves the "day-to-day" operations of departments to directors.</p><p>Williams told the court it is hard to believe Fischer was "oblivious" to the controversy and there is no question he was directly involved with shuttering the program.</p><p>"The mayor knew very well what was going on here. And for the mayor to not be willing to come and explain and talk about what he knew, why he did what he did, I think is just not right. It certainly isn’t fair to my client," he says. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 02:49:32 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6208 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Subpoena Denied in Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Removal Trial Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Attorney Outlines Defense Strategy http://wfpl.org/post/councilwoman-barbara-shanklins-attorney-outlines-defense-strategy <p>A year after an ethics complaint was filed, the Louisville Metro Council Court will hear the case to remove Democrat Barbara Shanklin from office this week.</p><p>Shanklin faces charges that she deliberately violated the the city's code of ethics, which were brought by a 5-member Charging Committee in March.</p><p>The councilwoman's ethics troubles began when news reports pertaining to a $30,000 taxpayer-funded upholstery program for ex-offenders began to surface last year.</p><p>City records revealed few former inmates attended the program, which was run through the Metro Corrections department. But sign-up sheets did show Shanklin and many of her relatives did participate.</p><p>Attorney Aubrey Williams is representing Shanklin. He says Shanklin and her family had a right to participate in the program because they were residents, but points out no one received any undue advantage or public dollars as a result.</p><p>"Barbara Shanklin has not received one dime personally nor has any member of her family received any money that they should not have received, if any, in those programs," he says.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:55:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6197 at http://wfpl.org Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Attorney Outlines Defense Strategy Council Court Delays Ruling on Mayor Greg Fischer Subpoena in Barbara Shanklin Removal Trial http://wfpl.org/post/council-court-delays-ruling-mayor-greg-fischer-subpoena-barbara-shanklin-removal-trial <p>The chair of the Metro Council Court is holding off on deciding whether Mayor Greg <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-called-testify-councilwoman-barbara-shanklins-removal-trial">Fischer will be compelled to testify at the removal trial of embattled Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin</a> next week.</p><p>The councilwoman faces removal from her District 2 council seat for ethics violations that the commission ruled she committed. Shanklin has denied any wrongdoing, but a Charging Committee of five fellow city lawmakers filed a petition seeking her removal from office.</p><p>At issue are allegations that Shanklin misused taxpayers money to benefit her friends and family through an upholstery program for ex-offenders. She also faces charges that she controlled public funds allocated to the Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association given she was a board member who signed for the group's checks.</p><p>In a series of rulings, Council President Jim King, who chairs the court, granted subpoenas for witnesses including Shanklin's relatives, city officials and two members of the Metro Ethics Commission.</p><p>Attorney Aubrey Williams, who is representing Shanklin, blasted King and Jefferson County Mike O'Connell at a conference earlier this week over what he says have been unfair proceedings.</p><p>The subpoenas of nine witnesses on Williams's list were denied due to a lack of issuances, but King did not deny the one for Fischer. Rather, he is questing Shanklin's legal counsel provide more information on why the mayor is being summoned.</p><p>"The court reserves ruling on the request for issuance of subpoenas for (Greg Fischer) until (Williams) satisfies the court of the necessity of such subpoenas," King said in the ruling. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:29:38 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6172 at http://wfpl.org Council Court Delays Ruling on Mayor Greg Fischer Subpoena in Barbara Shanklin Removal Trial Barbara Shanklin's Attorney Lashes Out at City Officials Over Removal Trial Proceedings http://wfpl.org/post/barbara-shanklins-attorney-lashes-out-city-officials-over-removal-trial-proceedings <p>A Louisville Metro Council Court hearing turned into a shouting match between city officials and the lawyer representing embattled Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, in her upcoming removal trial.</p><p>Shanklin faces ouster from office after a Charging Committee of five council members filed a petition saying she violated three sections of the city's code of ethics.</p><p>The chief allegation is that Shanklin used taxpayers funds to benefit her friends and family through an upholstery program for ex-offenders.</p><p>The program was set up to help former inmates learn a trade, but city records showed few ex-offenders attending the class while Shanklin and family members did.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer's office shut down the program in late 2011, but <em>The Courier-Journal</em> discovered the councilwoman's office continued to fund the program with discretionary&nbsp; through the Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association, which Shanklin and her niece were listed as board members.</p><p>Attorney Aubrey Williams is representing Shanklin. He strongly objected to the council's handling of the proceedings, exhibits and who will be subpoenaed to testify.</p><p>At different points Williams lashed out at Council President Jim King, D-10, Charging Committee attorney David Tachau and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell.</p><p>Williams says O'Connell especially has been engaging in unprofessional "shenanigans" leading up to the removal trial.</p><p>"Now you be quiet and let me explain," Williams yelled. "You may think you can <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-attorney-mike-oconnell-faces-political-threats-amid-legal-controversies">push district court judges around</a>, but you won't push me around sir. Your behavior is appalling. How you are practicing this case is appalling."</p><p>"How dare you," O'Connell barked. "I'm not going to play your games. You accuse me of unprofessional conduct you better put it on the record."</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:47:26 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6146 at http://wfpl.org Barbara Shanklin's Attorney Lashes Out at City Officials Over Removal Trial Proceedings