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Fri April 11, 2014

Women Ask Ethics Commission To Reconsider Ruling

Three women have asked the Legislative Ethics Commission to reconsider its decision to not punish former Dem. state Rep. John Arnold.

Former Democrat State Representative John Arnold of Sturgis
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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.