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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- We now know some of the witnesses who will be called to testify in the ethics case against a Metro Councilwoman, but we still don't know whether Mayor Greg Fischer will be among them.
On Thursday afternoon, the list of witnesses was released by the Metro Council Court -- but the Court reserved the right to decide later whether to call Fischer.
Whether the mayor is called or not, we've already witnessed plenty of legal drama in the ethics case against Barbara Shanklin. A housekeeping meeting earlier this week produced an angry exchange between Shanklin's lawyer and County Attorney Mike O'Connell.
That trial before a 20-member Metro Council court is to begin next Tuesday.
Shanklin is accused of breaking ethic rules in her position on Metro Council. Among the charges -- she allegedly used tax dollars allocated for a program to teach upholstery to ex-offenders to benefit her friends and family. She's also accused of misusing funds given to a neighborhood group she chaired.
Mayor Fischer said Thursday, "I'll be happy to participate in anything the courts ask me to do, obviously. That's in process, so I really don't know much about it now, can't comment on it further."
Shanklin denies any wrongdoing. It would take a two-thirds vote of the council court to remove her from office.