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Council members who voted for Shanklin's removal upset

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Barbara Shanklin on the stand during her trial before the Council Court. Barbara Shanklin on the stand during her trial before the Council Court.
Councilman Kelly Downard reading a statement after the verdict in Shanklin's trial was announced. Councilman Kelly Downard reading a statement after the verdict in Shanklin's trial was announced.
Councilman Ken Fleming making a statement after the verdict in Shanklin's trial was announced. Councilman Ken Fleming making a statement after the verdict in Shanklin's trial was announced.
Aubrey Williams Aubrey Williams

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – She was found guilty of misconduct and/or willful neglect, but despite the verdict Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin will remain on the council.

After deliberating for 3 1/2 hours late Wednesday into early Thursday, 20 fellow members of the Louisville Metro Council found Shanklin was guilty of misappropriating funds with a 16-4 vote.

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However, the vote for Shanklin's removal was one vote shy of taking her seat with 13-7. The 13 council members who voted for her removal were very unhappy.

"It's terribly difficult. I have never in my life been more embarrassed to be part of an organization," said Councilman Kelly Downard (R-District 16). "Metro Council is better than this and we showed ourselves to the community as someone who just can't pull themselves together."

Councilman Ken Fleming (R-District 7) said he fears this will permanently damage Louisville's view of their council members.

"This going to fracture the community, this is going to fracture the council, and it's going to be a disgrace," said Fleming. "We're embarrassed and we're so ashamed of the seven members and what they went through and put this community through, they're going to have a long time recovering."

Shanklin was not present in the early morning hours of August 1 for the verdict. She was represented by Aubrey Williams, her attorney.

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