Judge dismisses Barbara Shanklin's plea to delay proceedings


by Renee Murphy


Posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 8:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Metro Ethics Commission can continue to deliberate the fate of embattled Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin. A judge dismissed Shanklin’s plea for an injunction to stop the proceedings.

Earlier this week, Shanklin filed a lawsuit against Mayor Greg Fischer. The suit would have delayed the Ethics Commissions work but a judge said Shanklin’s legal action had no merit.

“There is no reason to stop us from doing our job. Let it play out and then take the decision and see what appeal you can make from that,” Deborah Kent, legal counsel for the Ethics Commission said.

Shanklin's suit against Mayor Fischer centered around an ex-offender program she ran. The program was dismantled after allegations surfaced that the program was only benefiting her family members.

Shanklin's suit said the mayor got rid of the program and the mayor did not provide documents about it to Shanklin.

“Despite what her claims are we provided everything that was supposed to be provided and there is nothing else and there was nothing else that we were required to tender,” Scott Lilly, Assistant County Attorney said.

Shanklin's attorney says the mayor knew about the jail directors plan to terminate the ex-offender program and should hand over documents about the decision

“There is no way an administrator who answers directly to the mayor is going to make that kind of monumental decision without direction from the mayor,” Aubrey Williams said.  “So I don't buy that.”

Williams says they plan to appeal the judge’s decision. The ethics commission is set to make a final ruling about whether Shanklin had her grandson on her payroll while incarcerated and the ex-offender program next month.