Commission recommends councilwoman's removal

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission has recommended the removal of Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin after concluding she misused her city position.

The recommendation issued Thursday now goes to the full Metro Council.

Five members of the Louisville Metro Council would have to petition for a removal hearing. In that proceeding, to be held within 90 days, Shanklin's fellow council will act as her jury.

Her lawyer, Aubrey Williams, told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/ZCWhFd) she will be exonerated.

The Courier-Journal reported that Shanklin appropriated $175,000 in discretionary grants to a project, then signed 80 percent of the organization's checks over seven years. More than $14,000 went to her family members, who performed services for the nonprofit group.

The Metro Council in September 2011 voted to expel former Councilwoman Judy Green last year.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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