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Mon February 24, 2014
John Arnold Ethics Trial Delayed Again Due to Mental Health Concerns
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 has allegedly suffered minor strokes, is mentally competent to stand trial.
“His mental and cognitive status is very pertinent to the charges against him," said Downey. "Despite his doctors’ best efforts, a definitive diagnosis has not been reached. 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.