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Judy Green removal hearing goes forward; she's a no-show

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Metro Councilwoman Judy Green was a no-show at a hearing looking into removing her from office, even though she had been subpoenaed to appear.

Louisville's Metro Council decided Monday afternoon to continue the hearing, even though she submitted her resignation on Friday.  By the rules of the council, the resignation will not take effect until the next meeting of the council on Thursday, September 22nd.

Earlier, Green's attorney, Derwin Webb, made a motion to dismiss the removal charges and not hold the meeting.  All 20 members of the council court voted against that motion.  Webb then excused himself from serving as Green's attorney and walked out of the chambers.

"I respectfully ask that you will consider this motion; accept her resignation and thereafter dismiss the charges and render this hearing moot," said Attorney Derwin Webb.

After Webb's departure, the hearing started with an opening statement from attorney Gregg Hovious.  "I am going to prove to you beyond a shadow of a doubt that doctor green is guilty of this conduct," said Attorney Gregg Hovious.

Hovious is the acting prosecutor in the case against Green after a metro ethics commission determined she violated city ethics laws.  It all started with her summer jobs program and that's also where Hovious started.  "I don't see how you can say you're a role model when you pay your own child $385 for five days work and some child that has been working for 15 or 20 days gets $180," said Hovious.

After opening statements Hovious called his first subpoenaed witness.  "Is Dr. Judy Green present; can the sheriff see if she's in any of the witness rooms?"

After determining Green wasn't present, the man who ran the summer jobs program for green and her former aide were called to the stand.

"Did you tell Dr. Green that what she was doing was wrong? Yes," says Melody Hill, Green's former assistant.

Meanwhile, the man who filed the initial complaints against her is also speaking out.  Ray Barker says he plans on running for Green's former seat: "The question that I asked is still the same two questions. Where is the money, and once you realized the money was misappropriated why didn't you fix the problem? My questions are still not answered."

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