Louisville Council President Jim King Refutes Ethics Claim, Suggests Prosecution of Complainant

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King says a series of ethics complaints alleging he personally profited from his public office should be dismissed. King’s attorney, in a 24-page formal response obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, says the complaints are untimely and without merit. The attorney, Jon Fleischaker, claims the complaints lodged by political activist Janice Rucker could be considered harassment and that the matter should be referred to the Commonwealth’s Attorney. The city’s ethics code instructs the commission to forward false complaints, those made in bad faith or with actual malice, to the commonwealth’s attorney for potential action. “It’s something we’re serious about,” Fleischaker said, calling her complaints a “very frivolous effort.”

 

Footnote in King’s response to the ethics complaint.