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Legislative Ethics Commission finds John Arnold guilty of violations

by WHAS11


Posted on May 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 10:42 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has found former state representative John Arnold guilty of three counts of violating ethics code on Wednesday afternoon, May 7.

John Arnold faces $3,000 fine and a reprimand.

The Legislative Ethics Commission decided to re-try the case even though in April it didn't have enough votes to convict.

Arnold's attorney objected to the new hearing on Wednesday morning--saying the commission didn't have the authority for a second one. The commission chairman said the case was never officially closed because the commission never had the five votes required.

Arnold was accused of sexually harassing staff members; one of them, Yolanda Costner, testified again on May 7.

The media was kicked out for a short time before the hearing began...but then allowed back in at around noon.

WHAS11 Political Editor Joe Arnold will have the very latest at 5 p.m.