LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Lawyers made their final arguments to
the Louisville Metro council and a vote should come Wednesday night on whether
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, (D) District 2, should get kicked out of office.
The Newburg councilwoman herself was
on the stand for most of the last day of testimony.
The squabbling between the two sides
continued. It's gotten nastier each day of the trial.
Wednesday, Council Court Chair Jim
King, (D) District 10, tried to reign it in.
"It's not necessary for you to make
those kind of comments and frankly, I believe it's unprofessional," King
said, addressing Shanklin's attorney Aubrey Williams about his animosity for
Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell.
O'Connell advises King on legal issues during the trial.
Shanklin is charged with two instances
of violating the Metro's ethics ordinance, setting up an ex-offender program
that primarily benefited her family and getting a Metro Council Neighborhood
Development Fund grant for an organization that she financially controlled.
She says she was only working for the
people who live in her district.
"Your passion and care of
community is not what we have to vote on because if we did, I believe you
probably are one of the ones, council members that care deeply about your
district," Robin Engel, (R) District 22, told Shanklin.
Williams argued Shanklin
didn't intend to do anything wrong. He
grassroots community in the black community is often sloppy, slip shod, not the
Rotary Club, not the Kiwanis club, not the YMCA and all of those organizations,
who have sophisticated board members. We have an oppressed, depressed, many
uneducated people running grass roots organizations."
Two-thirds of the council court has to vote against
Shanklin for her to be removed.