LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The first day of the ethics hearing of Metro Council Member Barbara Shanklin is now underway--set up similar to a trial.
Shanklin is accused of multiple violations of the metro ethics code including allegedly spending tax payer money on groups she was in charge of.
And paying her grandson as a legislative aide while he was in jail.
"What was happening was simply funds were being wasted and being spent not for the purpose they were intended and the council woman knew that, and that's where she had the obligation to step forward …," James Earhart, investigating attorney, said.
But Shanklin’s attorney pointed out the internal auditor found inconsistencies in not just Shanklin's grant applications.
WHAS11's Karma Dickerson is at the hearing and will have more about what happened during the first day coming up during the evening newscasts.