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Councilwoman Green Removed from Office

by admin on September 13, 2011

In two historic decisions, the Louisville Metro Council Court voted unanimously to expel Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, from office.

The 20-member court ruled Green mismanaged taxpayer money and committed misconduct in two separate cases, marking the first time an elected official was removed in Metro Government history and the first time a Louisville official has been booted in over a century.

For over an hour, council members deliberated the charges levied against Green by a bipartisan charging committee, which stemmed from two rulings from the Metro Ethics Commission earlier this year. That panel found Green deliberately violated the ethics ordinance with her involvement in a youth summer jobs program and the rerouting of city funds through a non-profit without the council’s knowledge.

The commission recommended Green’s ouster from office after delivering a stinging letter of reprimand and censure against the embattled councilwoman.

Green resigned days before the expulsion trial began, citing health concerns and the need for constituents to move on from the scandal. However, the resignation would not have taken effect until the next regular council meeting on September 22.

Court Chairman Kelly Downard, R-16, says the council made a difficult decision, but it was necessary to go forward with the trial to clear up the controversy for the public.

“I think there’s been a cloud over this council for six months and I believe that what we did today removed that cloud. We accepted as a council our most dire responsibility to try to review whether or not to remove a colleague,” he says. “That’s not easy to do. And I think that cloud’s gone. And I believe the community was looking and watching.”

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Councilwoman Green Resigns

by admin September 9, 2011

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, has resigned from office effective immediately. In a letter delivered to the council clerk’s office Friday morning, Green stepped down. It comes less than a day after she vowed to fight against her expulsion trial at a rally with supporters. “It has been my privilege to represent the residents […]

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Green Ignores Subpoenas, Charging Committee Seeks Immediate Removal

by admin August 30, 2011

The Louisville Metro Council Charging Committee that impeached Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, says the embattled lawmaker and her legislative aide have ignored subpoenas for key documents in Green’s expulsion trial. The committee’s lawyer filed a motion Monday asking the Metro Council Court to compel Green and her assistant Andrea Jackson to produce e-mails and other […]

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Green’s Attorney Says Panel Misread Ethics Laws

by admin August 29, 2011

The tax-payer funded attorney representing Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, told a Jefferson Circuit Court judge Monday that a panel misread an ordinance when it ruled the embattled lawmaker violated the city’s code of ethics. Earlier this year, the Metro Ethics Commission found that Green intentionally violated the ethics ordinance in two separate complaints. […]

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Council Rejects Motion to Delay Green Expulsion Trial

by admin August 25, 2011

The Louisville Metro Council Court has rejected a motion to delay the removal trial of Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, by a unanimous 17-0 vote. Last week, Green’s attorney, Derwin Webb, filed a motion requesting a postponement due to the embattled councilwoman being hospitalized for an undisclosed medical condition. Grilled by city lawmakers for almost an […]

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Attorney Explains New Subpoenas Against Green

by admin August 22, 2011

The attorney who will prosecute the removal trial of Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, met with the Charging Committee Monday to discuss his latest subpoenas, which probe the embattled lawmaker’s Kroger gift card purchases. Last week, attorney Gregg Hovious filed a motion seeking all records associated with Green’s council-issued credit card over the past […]

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Attorney Wants Evidence of Green Illness

by admin August 18, 2011

The attorney representing the Louisville Metro Council Charging Committee wants Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, to provide medical records as evidence to postpone her upcoming removal trial. Earlier this week, Green’s lawyer said the embattled councilwoman was hospitalized at an unnamed facility for an undisclosed medical condition. She is seeking to delay the hearing scheduled for […]

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Green Seeks Further Delay for Removal Trial

by admin August 16, 2011

Facing possible ouster from office, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, is seeking another delay in her removal trial due to an undisclosed illness. In a motion filed Tuesday with the Metro Council Court, attorney Derwin Webb, who is representing Green, says the embattled councilwoman has been hospitalized for an undisclosed medical condition. Webb is […]

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Green Expulsion Trial Set for September

by admin July 21, 2011

The five members of the Louisville Metro Council who brought impeachment charges against embattled Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, submitted their witness list to the clerk’s office Thursday for later approval by the council court. The remaining lawmakers who will sit as jurors also voted to set the removal trial for September 12. Despite complaints from […]

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Council Court to Set Date for Green Expulsion Trial

by admin July 21, 2011

For the second time in less than a week, the Louisville Metro Council Court that will preside over the removal trial of impeached Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, will convene Thursday to vote on a final hearing date. Last month, council members Barbara Shanklin, D-2, Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Kevin Kramer, R-11, Stuart Benson, R-20, and Madonna […]

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