John Arnold ethics case http://wfpl.org en Kentucky State Police Reopen Investigation Of Former LRC Director's Document Shredding http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-police-reopen-investigation-former-lrc-directors-document-shredding <p>Kentucky State Police has reopened its investigation into the document shredding by former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman.</p><p>The Courier-Journal <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-legislature/2014/06/11/police-reopen-probe-lrc-document-shredding/10344541/">reported Wednesday</a> that the new probe into Sherman's shredding of work documents.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:48:14 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9555 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Police Reopen Investigation Of Former LRC Director's Document Shredding John Arnold Appeals Ethics Ruling http://wfpl.org/post/john-arnold-appeals-ethics-ruling <p>Former State Rep. John Arnold has filed an appeal in an ethics case that declared him guilty of abusing his office to sexually harass three female state House employees.</p><p>In a filing entered Monday into Franklin Circuit Court, Arnold's attorney argued that the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission's ruling against him was made in error. Arnold's attorney alleged that the commission did not have jurisdiction over Arnold because Arnold had resigned in September 2013 and was no longer a member of the legislature.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9536 at http://wfpl.org John Arnold Appeals Ethics Ruling Kentucky State Police Find No Misconduct By LRC Director Bobby Sherman http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-police-find-no-misconduct-lrc-director-bobby-sherman <p>After a nearly seven-month investigation, the Kentucky State Police say investigators found no evidence that former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman shredded work-related documents to cover-up information on sexual harassment within the state legislature.</p><p>Trooper Paul Blanton, a KSP spokesman, said a detective concluded that Sherman's activities weren't illegal and weren't part of a cover-up.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:17:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9458 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Police Find No Misconduct By LRC Director Bobby Sherman In Reversal, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty http://wfpl.org/post/reversal-kentucky-legislative-ethics-commission-finds-former-lawmaker-john-arnold-guilty <p>FRANKFORT—After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.</p><p>It ws the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:28:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9300 at http://wfpl.org In Reversal, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty Update: The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Rehears John Arnold Case, Finds Him Guilty http://wfpl.org/post/update-kentucky-legislative-ethics-commission-rehears-john-arnold-case-finds-him-guilty <p><strong>Quick update:&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Former Kentucky Representative John Arnold has been found guilt of violating state ethics laws in sexual harassment complaints.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">This time around, more members were present, and by a five-to-one vote, Arnold was found guilty in all three charges against him.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:16:56 +0000 Staff 9298 at http://wfpl.org Update: The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Rehears John Arnold Case, Finds Him Guilty Jack Conway and Sannie Overly Offer Few Details In Gubernatorial Campaign Launch http://wfpl.org/post/jack-conway-and-sannie-overly-offer-few-details-gubernatorial-campaign-launch <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT—During their campaign's first press conference as a &nbsp;gubernatorial ticket, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chair </span>Sannie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Overly on Tuesday emphasized a focus on early childhood education.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 00:19:54 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9294 at http://wfpl.org Jack Conway and Sannie Overly Offer Few Details In Gubernatorial Campaign Launch Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-case-against-former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-may-not-be-over-just-yet <p>The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:44:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9168 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session http://wfpl.org/post/high-profile-bills-falter-last-day-kentucky-general-assembly-session <p>FRANKFORT—Kentucky lawmakers squabbled until midnight, turning the final day of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly into a last-minute dash that saw many promising bills fail to clear the House and Senate.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:57:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9148 at http://wfpl.org High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-rep-jim-gooch-threw-womens-underwear-dinner-table-statehouse-staffers-allege <p>FRANKFORT—The two female statehouse employees who previously accused Kentucky Rep. John Arnold of sexually harassing them say another Democratic lawmaker acted inappropriately, this time&nbsp;on an out-of-state trip conducting official legislative business.</p><p>Legislative Research Commission employees Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner&nbsp;allege that Rep. Jim&nbsp;Gooch, D-Providence, threw a pair of women's panties onto a dining table at a restaurant during the Southern Legislative Conference held in Mobile, Ala., last year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9140 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-expresses-outrage-sexual-harassment-cover-kentucky-house <p>Calling it a "cover up," Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky contrasted how he handled a sexual harassment scandal differently than likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes has in recent months.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:22:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9132 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House