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Mon February 24, 2014

Arnold Ethics Trial Delayed, Pending Medical Diagnosis

Former State Rep. John Arnold
Former State Rep. John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador

A state ethics trial involving former Rep. John Arnold has been delayed again.

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission ordered that the sexual harassment trial against Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, be postponed.

Arnold’s lawyer, Bowling Green attorney Steve Downey, says that he is still awaiting diagnoses from several doctors on whether Arnold, who may have suffered a series of minor strokes, is mentally competent to stand trial.

“His mental and cognitive status is very pertinent to the charges against him. Despite his doctors’ best efforts, a definitive diagnosis has not been reached,” said Downey.  “Without this proof, this matter is not ready for a hearing, and John’s health is so poor that it is doubtful he will participate in that hearing.”

Arnold was accused of sexual assault and harassment last August by female employees of the state Legislative Research Commission.

He has denied the charges.

Thomas Clay, the Louisville attorney representing Arnold’s accusers, calls the continuance a delay tactic, and says  the women are cynical about the state’s ability to investigate the matter.

The ethics commission is expected to announce a new hearing date in the next few days.