Women ask ethics commission to reconsider sexual harassment ruling

Rep. John Arnold wasn't found guilty

Associated Press, Published:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three women have asked the Legislative Ethics Commission to reconsider its decision to not punish former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold.

Yolanda Costner, Cassaundra Cooper and Gloria Morgan all filed ethics complaints saying Arnold used his position as a public official to sexually harass them.

The commission voted 4-1 to find Arnold guilty. But state law requires at least five "yes" votes from the nine member commission to convict. Three commissioners did not attend the hearing and one seat is vacant.

The women filed a motion on Friday asking the commission to re-hear the case on a day when all commission members can be present.

Executive Director Tony Wilhoit said the commission would consider the women's request at their next regularly scheduled meeting on May 12.

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  • Given the state law, this ethics commission should have to have a quorum in these actions. A quorum is the minimum number of voting members who must be present at a properly called meeting in order to conduct business. Anything else is a sham! 

  • State Journal PLEASE stay on Executive Director Tony Wilhoits heels with this and do what it takes to let him know people are watching this. He probably still wont care but put the heat to him!