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Shanklin's attorney wants ethics commission removed from case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city's ethics commission is under fire from Barbara Shanklin's attorney.

Aubrey Williams wants the commission removed from hearing the metro councilwoman's case. Williams believes the commission and the community have already tried and convicted councilwoman Barbara Shanklin.

In Wednesday's commission meeting were quick to decide to move Shanklin's hearing date at the request of her lawyer.

It was originally scheduled for the end of October, but the commission pushed it back to November 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Attorney Aubrey Williams requested the change to adequately prepare for the hearing.

Williams also wants the commission removed from hearing Shanklin's case. He says metro councilman Dan Johnson told him the ethics commission is "out to get" the councilwoman.

In the affidavit, Williams wrote "Members of the ethics commission have prejudged Councilwoman Shanklin and predetermined the outcome of the hearing."

Williams says, "Councilman Johnson called and told us that the case had been pre-decided at least by one commission member and we believe that this commission member has discussed it with other members of the commission."

We tried to reach Johnson  for comment but he did not show up for his scheduled budget committee meeting this evening. We were told he was not available.

The hearing officer will determine whether or not the ethics commission will proceed in hearing the case.

The metro councilwoman is accused of using her position to her advantage.



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