LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Time is ticking for the Metro Ethics Commission to reach their decision about whether Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin committed an ethics violation. She's accused of using her district's money to pay family members for work while they were behind bars.
The committee met Tuesday night to lay out their plans to make their decision in the case.
"That's quite a big stack of paperwork to get through," said Ethics Commission Attorney Deborah Kent.
The stack includes word by word transcripts of three days worth of ethics hearings from November of 2012, including the theatrics from Shanklin and her attorney which included her refusal to state her name and her attorney's orders for her to go home.
On top of all of those proceedings to read, there are also recommendations from the hearing officer as well as documents from the prosecutor and Shanklin's attorney.
"The commission's decision has to be based on that record. It doesn't matter what they know; if it's not found in the transcript, it cannot be the basis of a decision," Kent explained.
The commission can decide one of three things: that there is not sufficient evidence to determine there were any violations; that evidence suggests there were some violations; or that evidence says Shanklin committed all the violations.
Punishment can include a formal public reprimand, a fine, or removal from office.
The committee will meet three more times before making their final decision on March 13. Their decision is due on March 15.
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