Councilwoman Judy Green Is Well Enough For Monday’s Trial

by Devin Katayama on September 8, 2011

The group Concerned Citizens for District One called Councilwoman Judy Green’s treatment a “lynching” on a sign-in sheet at a rally held for Green on Thursday night at Rev. Louis H. Coleman Jr. Community Center.

Several community members spoke and around 50 attended, including Green and her husband James Green. Many said they were upset about the Green’s treatment in Metro Council and questioned whether the body was treating Green unfairly because of her race. More importantly, they said, they’re concerned that removing Green will disenfranchise their community.

Several speakers referenced Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle and compared Green’s mistakes to human errors on the road to a higher purpose. Others blamed the media.

Green supporter Bob Cunningham said if Metro Council removes Green it will set an unwelcome precedent; and he said Green was guilty of doing her job too well.

“You are not wrong because you break a bad rule. Dr. King broke the rules everyday. A runaway slave was breaking the rules. But sister, you’re not alone in this, that’s what we want you to know,” said Cunningham.

The rally concluded with speeches from the councilwoman and her husband, who said it’s inappropriate for the media to inquire about the status of her health. Green previously sought to delay her trial, claiming she had been hospitalized. James Green alluded to the seriousness of his wife’s illness and said that he provided the necessary documents to justify her absences in Metro Council.

“I’m not going to let anyone kill her,” said James Green.

But Judy Green said she’s not scared anymore.

“I’m not planning on resigning. I mean of course the deck is stacked–it’s stacked–but I’m not planning on resigning,” she said.

Green said previous reports from Metro Hall sources that said she was leaving her office with boxes were untrue. And she feels well enough to attend Monday’s removal trial.

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