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Attorney Explains New Subpoenas Against Green

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 three years. It seeks to uncover the identify of the user and any items purchased since fiscal year 2007-08.

An investigation by the Courier-Journal found Green made around $1,400 worth of purchases with up to 70 gift cards for low-income residents, but there were no records of who received them or what was purchased.

When the police department’s Public Integrity Unit interviewed Green’s former aide, Melody Hill, she told investigators she could only account for some of the purchases.

Hovious says that information and more could become relevant should Green’s defense make similar arguments that were made during her ethics hearings.

“If we start getting into things like if she testifies that she’s got good character or as to her reputation or other good deeds that she’s done we’re going to go into everything,” says Hovious. “Including the use of the Kroger gift cards.”

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Green Expulsion Trial Set for September

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 members not to delay the process any further, the council court chose to move in a prudent manner in what’s been an unprecedented process.

“This is a very difficult thing that we had to deal with,” says Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, who chairs the court. “We had probably about 30 people to try and take into consideration and there’s no way to make this work for everyone.”

A bipartisan group of lawmakers brought the misconduct charges against Green last month after the Metro Ethics Commission ruled she deliberately violated the city’s ethics law. In two separate complaints, Green has been accused of violating the law in connection with her handling of a city-funded summer jobs program and rerouting funds through a non-profit group without the council’s knowledge.