Tensions escalate Barbara Shanklin ethics trial


by Johnny Archer


Posted on July 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 2:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Tension escalated inside the Louisville Metro Council Chamber  Tuesday morning between Barbara Shanklin’s attorney, Aubrey Williams, and Metro Council President, Jim King.

“I know that on 50 percent...,” Metro financial adviser, Beth Stenberg, said before she was interrupted by Shanklin’s attorney.

“Object, not responsive to the question. I take it you don’t have an answer,” Williams said to Stenberg.

“I’m not finished,” Stenberg said.

“Excuse me. Let the witness attempt to finish. Ms. Stenberg you can use my name if you need to use a name,” King said.

“I object to that, you just told her what to say,” Williams said. “You just told her what to say. That’s improper.”

“Mr. Williams, will you move on,” King said. “This is ridiculous. This whole thing is ridiculous.”

“It sure is,” Williams said.

Williams said his client did nothing wrong and the accusations against her are lies.

Shanklin is accused of violating ethics rules by using her position as a council member for personal gain and inappropriately using tax payer money.

Shanklin said she has always been transparent with the money used while she held her position.

“When you say it was very transparent, you don’t mean for example, your colleagues on the council saw a single one of the checks for the Petersburg/Newburg Improvement Association that you had signed,” prosecutor David Tachau said. “Do you?”

“I don’t know if they did or not,” Shanklin said.

“What do you mean by transparent?” Tachau said.

“I mean we weren’t hiding the fact that we were assisting people,” Shanklin said.