LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Judy Green speaks out days before her removal hearing is set to start, saying she will not resign.
About 40 to 50 supporters rallied around Green on Thursday night, urging her to continue her fight to stay on Metro Council. Green says she will not step down, despite knowing the odds are not in her favor.
"I've heard it said, we are innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent," said Bob Cunningham, Judy Green supporter.
Green is accused of mishandling funds by the Louisville Metro Council's Ethics Committee, and starting Monday, she'll face a hearing to decide if she can keep her office. She says she will fight all the way.
"I'm being crucified now," said Green. "I'm being put up on the cross."
Two ethics complaints were filed against Green this year. The first was over her management of her youth jobs program, the Green Clean Team. The second dealt with the misuse of funds from a grant to the non-profit group 100 Black Men.
"There's not one allegation that has been even off of evidence that my wife has taken one dollar," said James Green, Judy Green husband.
Several of her supporters say she is being railroaded by the council. "We aren't perfect," said one supporter. "Judy's not perfect, but neither is anybody else."
Some say it is not about ethics violations, but about racism and white privilege.
"The complex of the whole atmosphere of the ethics committee, there was not one African American male," said Mattie Jones, Judy Green supporter.
Despite reports that Green was packing up her office and moving out, she says that's simply not the case. "I'm not planning on resigning," said Green. "Of course the deck is stacked, it's stacked, but I'm not planning on resigning."
The hearing to discuss removing Green from council starts Monday, September 12, at 12:30 p.m. and is open to the public.