Louisville Metro Councilman David James

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10:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Democrats Mike O'Connell and Karen Faulkner Lash Out in Jefferson County Attorney Race Debate

Karen Faulkner
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Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the policies of current Jefferson County attorney, Mike O’Connell. 

Faulkner criticized O’Connell during a debate on Friday hosted by the Louisville Bar Association.  The two are opponents in the May primary.

Faulkner said O’Connell has displayed unethical behavior, making him unfit to serve the people of Jefferson County.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Louisville Councilman David James' Jobs-Conflict Case Punted Back to Attorney General's Office

Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6,

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.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jack Conway sent a letter to Wine saying "ouster authority for county offices" fell within the Louisville prosecutor's jurisdiction.

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Politics
9:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Attorneys on Louisville Metro Council Have Taken Double Oaths

Councilman David James, D-6,

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.

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.

The Jefferson County attorney’s office is arguing that James is holding incompatible public offices, and must relinquish one of the two.

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Politics
10:25 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Attorney General Refers Metro Councilman David James' Dueling Jobs Case to Louisville Prosecutor

Democratic Louisville Metro Councilman David James

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.

In a controversial memorandum, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell argued James has taken conflicting oaths as a council member, where he was first elected in 2010, and as a major with the University of Louisville police department.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Legal Opinion is County Attorney Mike O'Connell Using ‘Bullying Tactic,’ Primary Challenger Says

County Attorney candidate Karen Faulkner
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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.

Faulkner is a former public defender who is running for county attorney against incumbent Mike O’Connell in the May primary.

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.

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Local News
2:46 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

UofL President James Ramsey Weighs-In on Councilman David James Situation

University of Louisville President James Ramsey
Credit University of Louisville

University of Louisville President James Ramsey is questioning the legal issues surrounding Metro Councilman David James’ alleged conflict of interest.

James is employed as a UofL police officer, a position that requires an oath of office.

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Politics
7:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ky. Attorney General Should Take 'Serious Look' at David James Opinion, County Attorney Says

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell
Credit Jefferson County Attorney's office

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.

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.

O'Connell is arguing James is violating a provision of the Kentucky Constitution by occupying two incompatible offices.

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Politics
9:13 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Louisville Council Democrat's Internal Probe Based on 'Second-Hand Knowledge'

Council Democrats David James (l) and Vicki Aubrey Welch (r)

Louisville Metro Council Democrats are seeking to amend their caucus rules to bar legislative aides from working against fellow incumbents in local elections.

But the investigation that sparked the changes is based largely on hearsay and rumor, according to the council Democratic leader.

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.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Jefferson County Attorney’s Legal Opinion is Political Payback, Councilman David James Says

Councilman David James, D-6,

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.

The Democratic lawmaker also says he plans to vote at Thursday's meeting despite a suggestion he cannot.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell issued a memo 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.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Jefferson County Attorney: Louisville Councilman David James's Jobs Conflict

Councilman David James, D-6, (center) with Metro Police officers
Credit louisvilleky.gov

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.

In a Feb. 26 memorandum to city lawmakers, O'Connell says state law forbids James from holding two offices simultaneously.

The county attorney's office is arguing that as a campus officer and council member, James has taken conflicting oaths.

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