Ethics Commission to Deliberate Second Complaint Against Green

by admin on July 4, 2011

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will deliberate the second complaint against Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, Tuesday, as the embattled lawmaker faces removal from the council in the coming weeks.

The charges were filed earlier this year by community activist Ed Springston, who alleges Green broke council rules by instructing a non-profit group to reroute money to other agencies.

Green allegedly told officers with 100 Black Men to ask for more money than the group needed for a mentoring program in order to give out the additional funds at the councilwoman’s discretion. Some of the money went to purchase tickets for a Kentucky Derby fundraiser that she attended.

The ethics panel will vote on whether to uphold the hearing officer’s findings or dismiss the charges. Intentional violations allow for a range of punishments, including a public censure, fines and removal from office.

In the first ethics case against Green, the panel ruled she deliberately violated the city’s ethics law and recommended her removal from office. Responding to the decision, Green called the ethics hearings a “sham” and waste of taxpayer money. She has appealed the decision in the first hearing in a suit filed with Jefferson Circuit Court.

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