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Heated exchanges during Shanklin's ethics hearing

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County Attorney Mike O'Connell and defense attorney Aubrey Williams exchanged sharp words at a hearing for Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin on July 16. County Attorney Mike O'Connell and defense attorney Aubrey Williams exchanged sharp words at a hearing for Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin on July 16.
Barbara Shanklin is accused of violating the city's ethics code by using her office to benefit her family. Barbara Shanklin is accused of violating the city's ethics code by using her office to benefit her family.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Heated and bitter exchanges almost derailed a council court hearing  that was initially scheduled as "house keeping" for next week's ethics trial against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin.

Shanklin is accused of violating the city's ethics code by using her office to benefit her family.

If found guilty, the trial could result in Shanklin's removal from office. 

The shouting, slamming of papers and finger pointing Monday between Shanklin's attorney Aubrey Williams and County Attorney Mike O'Connell mostly centered around Williams' objection to how the case has been handled, what evidence will be included and who will be forced to testify.

At one point, Williams told O'Connell to "be quiet" and accused him of "shenanigans," to which O'Connell replied "how dare you?" and told Williams his behavior was "appalling."

Williams says he wants additional evidence included, and claims he hasn't had enough time to respond to prosecutor David Tachau's motions and witnesses. Tachau said he too hasn't reviewed Williams exhibits.

Among the most contentious issues: Williams is upset that a key witness, Linda Haywood, won't be forced to testify. Haywood was the instructor in the controversial upholstery program that records show cost almost $30,000 in taxpayer money.

City records indicate that few people attended the program that was run through Metro Corrections and initially meant to help ex-convicts learn a trade.

Records obtained by WDRB News show that Shanklin and her family members used and benefited from the upholstery program, which resulted in one of three ethics charges against her.

"Of course she is not going to show. The lady has told a lie that my client stole money," Williams said referring to Haywood.

In a recorded interview with police in August 2012, Haywood claims her payments for teaching the program were sometimes delayed. She said Shanklin would often "give her an advance" on her checks from the city, and on payday, Haywood claims she would pay back Shanklin in cash.

Haywood told police that, on several occasions, Shanklin told her she had forgotten to pay her back. Haywood disputes that.

Williams denies that his client did anything wrong but admits -- if left unchecked -- Haywood's statement to police will help the prosecution.

"(It gives them) the excuse it needs, mind you, to convict my client," Williams said.

Williams also wants to subpoena Mayor Greg Fischer and two members of the ethics committee.

The trial is set for July 23rd.

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