Metro Councilman Brady Banks was due in court today to face a charge of patronizing prostitution, but he instead hopes to have the charge dropped after completing an eight-hour class and paying court fees.
The weekend class and fee is an option for all first-time offenders to have their case dismissed. The court hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday was continued to a later date.
Banks, accompanied by his lawyer Jonathan Farmer and wife, Kristin, held a short press conference outside the Justice A.A. Birch Building and publicly addressed media for the first time, following a Q&A with The City Paper.
He apologized to his constituents and said he would continue to serve on the council.
“I also understand and fully deserve any criticism of my failures,” Banks said. “My hope is that [my constituents] will give me an opportunity to regain that trust."
While Banks answered questions, political gadfly and local Internet radio host Carl Boyd verbally harassed the councilman from nearby, calling the councilman a “disgrace.”
“You should resign, Brady Banks!” Boyd yelled as the cameras rolled.
Banks and Farmer said they didn't know who Boyd was.