Downard Denies Request to Remove Green Immediately, Gives Her Five Days to Turn Over Subpoenaed Documents

by Gabe Bullard on September 1, 2011

The chair of the Louisville Metro Council Court that will preside over Councilwoman Judy Green’s removal trial has denied an attempt to oust Green immediately.

Green and her assistant have not yet turned over documents requested in a subpoena in July. Earlier this week, the five councilmembers who moved to impeach her filed a motion asking court chair Kelly Downard to find Green in default and remove her immediately. Downard has denied that request, but has given Green until the 6th to turn in the relevant information. If she doesn’t, any evidence she hopes to use in her defense that are related to the subpoenaed documents will not be allowed in court.

“I do believe that we are verging on a witch hunt right here,” says Green’s Attorney Derwin Webb, who contends that the subpoenaed information isn’t relevant to the charges against Green. “I will say the words witch hunt because it’s not within the elements we are looking for as far as she’s being charged with. I don’t know what we have to do to show that. I thought we showed it in our motion to deny this information, but apparently that wasn’t enough.”

Webb says he wasn’t planning to introduce any evidence that could be banned under Downard’s order.

“My case has always been about what is at hand—fighting the case with Dr. Green on the charges that have been levied against her. We don’t plan on going outside the scope with that,” he says.

The subpoenas requested documents related to the Green Clean Team and 100 Black Men organizations. Both of which were at the center of cases that Green misappropriated city money. The Metro Ethics Commission ruled that Green had intentionally violated the city’s ethics ordinance in each case and recommended she be removed from office.

Her removal trial is scheduled for the 12th.

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