Accused councilwoman’s attorney insults WHAS reporter when questioned

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 2:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Tuesday the Metro Ethics Commission named a hearing officer and investigator to look into the allegations council member Barbara Shanklin mishandled tax payer money.  At the meeting Barbara Shanklin's attorney said that his client is innocent of not just violating six sections of the metro ethics code, but of any wrong doing whatsoever.

Aubrey Williams talked openly about how he says the Metro Ethics Commission is treating his client differently than others who have faced ethics complaints.

However when WHAS11’s Karma Dickerson pressed him on the larger issue, which inspired the complaint in the first place, here's how he reacted:

Karma: “I'm asking the question do you believe your client violated public trust”
Williams: “You are being absurd ma'am”
Karma: “Do you believe that your client violated public trust? That’s not an absurd question we heard the complainant say that he brought this because he feels public trust has been violated and this needs to be vetted, do you believe that your client violated public trust?”
Williams: “I believe you need to go back to school”

Documents that show Shanklin did things like hire her grandson, an ex-convict, as a legislative aide and kept him on the city payroll while he was in jail.

The ethics commission still has not released any details about how Shanklin's hearing will work.  They're now referring questions about that to the newly appointed hearing officer.
 

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