John Arnold ethics case

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1:32 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Judge to Rule on Stumbo's Dismissal in John Arnold Civil Trial

From left: Cassaundra Cooper, Yolanda Costner, attorney Thomas Clay
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FRANKFORT — A Franklin Circuit Court judge will decide which parties can be named in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the  former Rep. John Arnold and entities within Kentucky state government. 

Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate gave defendants a week to examine new evidence brought by attorneys for Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper, who allege that Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted them and that their supervisors did little to address it.

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6:35 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Hire Firm to Represent LRC in Harassment Lawsuits

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky legislators unanimously approved a contract Tuesday to hire attorneys to represent a state agency in a pair of harassment lawsuits.

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1:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

First Hearing for Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against John Arnold Considers Who are Defendants

John A. Arnold Jr.
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FRANKFORT—The first hearing in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former state Rep. John Arnold and elements of Kentucky state government revolved Wednesday around determining which parties should be accused. 

The hearing  resulted in a delay in the trial until later this month.

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Politics
7:00 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Kentucky General Assembly Still Reeling Two Months After Sexual Harassment Allegations Surface

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It’s been two months since allegations of sexual harassment against then-state Rep. John Arnold brought new attention to the issue of abuse and mistreatment of staffers in Frankfort.

Since then, the Legislative Ethics Commission has found the claims have merit, and Arnold will essentially go on trial before the panel later this year.

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2:49 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Kentucky House Panel Investigating John Arnold Claims Hires Legal Counsel

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FRANKFORT — A special state House committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker has moved to hire legal counsel.

The five-member panel voted unanimously to hire Patrick Hughes, a northern Kentucky attorney with the law firm Dressman Benzinger LaVelle, to advise it as it probes claims that former state Rep. John Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted female state employees. 

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3:57 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause in John Arnold Sexual Harassment Claims

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s highest ethics panel has found merit in a trio of sexual harassment complaints filed against a former state lawmaker.

The state Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously found probable cause Tuesday in three formal complaints filed by female Statehouse employees against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis in western Kentucky.

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5:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Special Election Set for December to Replace John Arnold in Kentucky General Assembly

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FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear has set a special election for Dec. 10 to replace former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis, who resigned last month after being accused of sexual harassment.

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5:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Suggests Seeking LRC Staff Testimony in Sexual Harassment Inquiry

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FRANKFORT — Members of the state House select committee investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker disagree about the methods and scope of the investigation.

Rep. Robert Benvenuti, a Lexington Republican and former inspector general for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, suggested that the committee “should issue a letter of invitation to be sent to all members of the LRC informing them of the committee’s purpose and function, inviting them to provide testimony to the committee” either publicly or in private.

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7:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Authorizes Audit, Appoints Acting Director

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Legislative Research Commission leaders on Wednesday elected a new acting director and authorized an audit of the nonpartisan state agency's operations in the wake of the LRC’s handling of sexual harassment complaints.

Lawmakers—who make up the LRC's leadership panel—chose Marcia Seiler by a unanimous 15-0 vote to replace Robert Jenkins, who was named as interim director last month after the resignation of his supervisor, Robert Sherman.

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2:38 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Marcia Seiler Appointed Acting Director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

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Marcia Seiler will lead the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission while the agency's 16-member leadership panel seeks a permanent director.

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