John Arnold ethics case

Politics
3:51 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker: Republicans Would Have Handled Arnold Investigation More Thoroughly

State Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington,
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A Republican lawmaker says Democrats abandoned Kentucky women during the special investigation of former state Rep. John Arnold's alleged sexual harassment of a female legislator and two legislative staffers.

And if the GOP controlled the state House, he argues a probe of the Legislative Research Commission would have been handled more thoroughly.

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Politics
11:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched Colleague

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Former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold allegedly inappropriately touched a House colleague, according to new filings in a sexual harassment civil suit by two Statehouse staff members.

In a pair of responses to discovery requests, Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege that Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, was inappropriately touched by Arnold.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Ends Without Investigating Arnold

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FRANKFORT—After nearly four months without interviewing a witness or investigating a shred of evidence, the special House committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against a former state lawmaker voted Thursday afternoon to end its operations.

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Politics
9:31 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Republican Suzanne Miles to Replace Democrat John Arnold in Kentucky House

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Republican Suzanne Miles has won a special election in Kentucky’s 7th House District.

Miles, an Owensboro field representative for GOP Rep. Brett Guthrie, earned over 3,500 votes in her race against Democrat Kim Humphrey, community affairs director for Alliance Coal.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Has Yet to Investigate

House Clerk Jean Burgin (left) and Committee Chair Rep. Jeff Donohue, D-Louisville (right).
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FRANKFORT — A special Kentucky House committee tasked with probing sexual harassment claims against former state Rep. John Arnold revealed Thursday morning that it has yet to actually begin investigating.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Rep. Will Coursey to Provide Deposition in Retaliation Lawsuit

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A Western Kentucky lawmaker will have to provide testimony in a lawsuit brought against him by a state staffer.

Rep. Will Coursey, a Democrat from Symsonia, and state staffer Nicole Cusic will provide depositions in a retaliation lawsuit.

Cusic is an employee of the state Legislative Research Commission. She alleges Coursey and former LRC executive director Bobby Sherman retaliated against her when she accused Coursey of inappropriate behavior toward female interns.

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Local News
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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Politics
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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Politics
1:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

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

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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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