[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1370398112&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4084222&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1370398112 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On the phone today, Councilwoman Lashunda Scales responded to ethics charges, saying she’s doing well under the circumstances.
She says, “It’s a lot involved, but obviously you can tell I’m in good spirits.”
The oldest allegations come from a dispute between Scales and an event promoter of Kissel Entertainment. The event promoter at the Clanton based carnival business says Scales used intimidation while promoting recent carnivals.
This happened in 2011. At the time, Scales told CBS 42 she thought those allegations were a political attack.
“Well, the recent allegations are just that; they’re allegations. I think they’re designed to get me unfocused from the needs we want to address out here in district one,” Scales said. “I’m not going to let this distract me. My personal affairs will take care of themselves, but in the meantime we’re going to continue to work for district one and I am to make my district very proud.”
Mayor Bell sent those allegations to the state ethics commission in 2011. In 2012, Attorney General Luther Strange didn’t touch the case for more than a year. Now, the Jefferson County District Attorney is prosecuting the case.
Scales paid a total of 25,000 dollars in bond charges early Tuesday morning. She can continue serving on the Birmingham City Council unless she is convicted.