Judy Green resigns (UPDATES)

Just 14 hours after passionately vowing in front of a group of 50 supporters that she would not resign from office, Councilwoman Judy Green submitted a two-sentence letter of resignation to the Metro Council Clerk’s Office this morning.

Effective immediately, I do hereby resign from my position as Metro Councilperson from District One Metro Louisville. It has been my privilege to represent the residents of District One.

Green gave a fiery 20 minute speech last night which attacked her fellow council members and the media, especially Courier-Journal reporter Dan Klepal, who was mentioned well over ten times and was in person, eliciting called calls from the audience of “evil” and “racism” towards him.

Other speakers compared her to Martin Luther King and Jesus Christ, and said that she was being persecuted because of her race.

There is no word yet on whether the expulsion trial will go on as planned Monday.

UPDATE: Mayor Fischer just released a very short statement:

“I appreciate Judy Green’s willingness to serve her community,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I encourage the Metro Council to move swiftly to name a replacement to ensure that residents of District 1 have representation in city government.”

UPDATE #2: Stephen Haag says that the Council court will meet as planned on Monday at 12:30, at which time they will decide whether to proceed with the expulsion trial.