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Beshear pushes to re-open Arnold ethics trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday he believes the Legislative Ethics Commission should re-open the inquiry into alleged ethics violations against former state Rep. John Arnold.

The commission failed to reach a guilty finding last week against Arnold, who is accused of sexually harassing Capitol staffers, because several members did not attend the meeting.

"I think they should get everybody there and then open it up and have another hearing," Beshear told reporters in Louisville following a press conference attended by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and other leaders.

The Commission voted 4-1 to find Arnold guilty – one short of the minimum five votes needed. Three members were absent for the high-profile meeting.

The only vote in opposition came from member Elmer George, who said the panel does not have jurisdiction over the case because Arnold resigned last year.

Arnold, a Democrat, is from Sturgis, Ky.

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