LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Things are getting testy at the ethics hearing for Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin. The District Two representative could be removed from office if her fellow council members find her guilty on two ethics violation charges.
It's clear Shanklin's attorney, Aubrey Williams, and the lawyer representing the five council members who are charging her with violations, David Tachau, are having issues. The pair had several heated exchanges during testimony Thursday.
The lawyers got a little short with some of the council members as well and pointed questions to witnesses from some members. That prompted Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-District 11) to ask his colleagues to rein it in.
As for the testimony, Metro Corrections director Mark Bolton took the witness stand Thursday and took responsibility for the ex-offender program. Those accusing Shanklin suggest she set it up and directed it to the benefit of her and her family. Supporters point out that Metro Corrections approved all the checks and nothing in the contract with the vendor specified that only ex-offenders could use the program.
Bolton ended the program in late 2011.
Tachau asked Bolton, "Do you consider it appropriate to have, within your department, programs that are just open to the general public?"
Bolton said he did not.
Tachau followed with, "Do you consider it appropriate to have, within your department, programs that are just open to friends and family of the Shanklin family?"
Bolton answered no to that as well.
"With a stroke of a pen, you terminated the contract," Williams pointed out, "and with a stroke of a pen, you could have terminated it in '09, 2010, and before November 14, 2011. Is that correct?"
Bolton said that was true.
The council court has finished its work for the week. It will resume 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 29.