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Council Court to Set Date for Green Expulsion Trial

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 Flood, D-24, filed misconduct charges against Green stemming from two complaints that alleged she violated the city’s code of ethics.

On Monday, the remaining lawmakers took an oath to sit as jurors and chose two possible hearing dates in early August, but attorney Derwin Webb, who is representing Green, objected to the scheduling process and questioned the fairness of that decision.

In a telephone interview, Court Chairman Kelly Downard, R-16, told WFPL he has received a request and the panel will likely provide additional time.

“We’ve got 20 people involved here and that makes it difficult to pull all that together. Then we also have two attorneys and we have a respondent and a charging committee who wants to try to attend,” he says. “I don’t know that we can ever do anything that will befit everyone’s needs 100 percent, but we’re going to try to do the best we can.”

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Metro Council Court to Meet Today

The members of the Louisville Metro Council who will hear the removal case against Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, meet Monday to be sworn in as a court and possibly set a trial date.

In two separate complaints, the Metro Ethics Commission ruled Green deliberately violated the city’s ethics ordinance. Since then, a bipartisan group of five city lawmakers have signed a petition to impeach Green and oust her from office.

The remaining 20 members of the council will sit as jurors on a court and will be administered the oath by the Jefferson County Attorney at City Hall. The court will then appoint court officers and could  set a trial date sometime in August, a council spokesman says.

The five members who have filed misconduct charges against Green have hired attorney Gregg Hovious to represent them in the removal proceedings. Green has retained defense attorney Derwin Webb, who says the trial should be set after her appeals to the ethics commission’s decisions have been heard.

Over the past month, the Metro Ethics Commission ruled against Green in two separate ethics complaints. The panel found she deliberately violated the city’s code of ethics and recommended her ouster.

The court will decide Green’s fate by a two-thirds vote.