Motion aims to disqualify Yates from LMPD sex-abuse lawsuit

May 18, 2017 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A county attorney’s office in Kentucky is seeking to disqualify Louisville’s city council president as a plaintiff’s attorney in a child sex abuse lawsuit against the city and two former police officers.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/2qw1Ugz) a motion filed Wednesday says Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell cites a conflict of interest that any damages awarded to David Yates’ client will come from the metro government over which Yates has oversight.

Yates and co-counsel Tad Thomas represent a former member of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Youth Explorers program who is suing the city and ex-police officers Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood, who are accused of sexually abusing him.

Yates says he has obtained an ethics opinion from the Kentucky Bar Association saying it’s permissible for him to sue the city.