No charges filed against Councilwoman Shanklin

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 10:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The legal woes for Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin are over, but her future as a councilwoman is still not settled.

WHAS11 learned on Friday, April 26, that she will not face any criminal charges after she was accused of misusing taxpayer money and improperly hiring family members.

Special prosecutor Robert Schaefer says he followed the money and while it may have been mismanaged, the cash doesn't appear to have been stolen.

As for allowing her family members to benefit from a program that was supposed to benefit ex-criminal offenders, Schaefer says he doesn't believe Shanklin's actions are against the law.

While Shanklin's legal troubles are ending the Metro Ethics Committee says she did violate several sections of the Civil Ethics Code; therefore, there is still an effort underway to remove her from the council.

In a decision handed out Friday afternoon, special prosecutor Robert Schaefer said in a statement:

“After fully reviewing the information provided, I do not believe that the case should be presented to a grand jury and believe that no criminal charges should be filed in this case. I base this recommendation on the information further provided.”

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