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  Attorney General Kathleen Kane's longest-serving press secretary left after handling what he called "an unfolding series of crises that were just never-ending."

Chuck Ardo, a $10,000-a-month contract employee, was Kane's seventh spokesperson since she took office in 2013. His last day was Tuesday.

The tipping point, he said, came after he gave a routine office tour to a reporter.

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Lawyers for Attorney General Kathleen Kane have refiled a motion to throw out her criminal charges after an earlier motion was thrown out on a technicality.

Kane's lawyers made the filing Thursday in Montgomery County court.

Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchik-Alloy had given Kane's lawyers 10 days to refile it after saying an April 26 filing didn't adhere to rules of criminal procedure.

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Two lawyers from Pennsylvania's Montgomery County will face off in November to replace Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Democratic contender Stephen A. Zappala, who won 74 percent of his home county but only 37 percent of the state overall, said he goes back to work Wednesday as Allegheny County District Attorney.

"We’re not going to win this race," Zappala said, conceding. "We’ve got too much ground to make up. I’ve called the commissioner, and I’ve congratulated him on what happened tonight."

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Three ex-leaders of a Franciscan religious order were charged Tuesday with allowing a friar who was a known sexual predator to take on jobs, including a position as a high school athletic trainer, that enabled him to molest more than 100 children.

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A special investigation into objectionable emails exchanged from state computers has cost the commonwealth $67,000 and counting.

The revelation came from Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Monday as she answered questions from a state House panel.

The probe began in December, when Kane appointed a special prosecutor, former Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler, and hired his Washington, D.C. law firm, Buckley Sandler, to examine the emails and any impropriety among judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and others.

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A statewide grand jury has found that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown concealed the sexual abuse of hundreds of children at the hands of priests and religious leaders for decades, giving known child molesters the chance to prey on additional victims. 

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A state House panel tasked with evaluating state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s impeachability began its work Tuesday, hearing of possible complications ahead.

Democratic House Minority Leader Frank Dermody spoke to the House’s subcommittee on courts about his experience leading the 1994 impeachment of the late Rolf Larsen, a former state Supreme Court justice. He sees potential problems for this impeachment effort – namely, the fact that there’s now a definite expiration date on Kane’s tenure.

Embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane Won't Run Again

Feb 16, 2016
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  Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general said Tuesday she will not seek a second term, facing pressure from within her own party after being hobbled for months by criminal perjury charges and the suspension of her law license.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced the decision in her hometown of Scranton just hours before a deadline to submit signatures to make the primary ballot.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane gets to keep her job -- for now. 

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Out of the growing number of candidates running for Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro believes he's the best at cleaning up messes. As chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Shapiro says his past reforms are proof that he’d succeed as the Commonwealth’s leading lawyer.

“I inherited a mess in Montgomery County,” Shapiro tells Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer. “We turned things around. I can do the same thing in the Attorney General’s Office.”

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A state Senate panel tasked with exploring the unprecedented removal of a sitting state attorney general included some major hedges in its final recommendations Wednesday.

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A state House panel is starting down a road that could end in the impeachment of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sent to the full House a resolution that would empower a subcommittee to do a preliminary investigation into whether Kane “liable to impeachment for misbehavior in office.” The panel’s vote was unanimous.

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The state Senate is in a bit of a pickle as it advances its analysis of whether or not to boot Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office due to the suspension of her law license last year pending her trial on perjury and other criminal charges.

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Ed Rendell blew into Harrisburg Tuesday, late to a hearing and wearing running shoes with his suit, to tell the state Senate they’ve got it all wrong when it comes to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The former Democratic governor was a last-minute testifier at a hearing meant to give Kane a chance to defend herself from suggestions that she be removed. Kane did not attend, though she sent her chief of staff.

PA Attorney General, Battling Charges, Plans Re-Election Bid

Jan 8, 2016
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  Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane intends to run for a second term but hasn't made a final decision, according to a political adviser who has discussed plans with her.

Consultant Ken Smukler told The Associated Press on Friday that Kane doesn't believe the Supreme Court's decision to suspend her law license while she battles criminal charges prevents her from running.

Smukler says Kane hasn't been raising money or setting up a traditional campaign apparatus, but that she won't need the type of advertising that helps build name recognition.

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State Attorney General Kathleen Kane might be a no-show at the special hearing scheduled next Tuesday by the Senate committee considering her ouster.

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said Wednesday that the embattled official is still considering how she will respond to the panel, but it is “unlikely that she will appear personally.”

“I haven’t heard anything that would indicate that she intends to have lawyers representing her at the committee,” Ardo said. “But... this is all a work in progress.” He expects her to issue a response to the panel on the morning of the hearing.

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All three Pennsylvania row offices will be up for election in 2016.

Usually candidates vying for attorney general, auditor general and treasurer have a hard time getting attention; most voters are focused on the presidential race. 

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Long-time Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. announced his official bid for state attorney general at a luncheon for the Pittsburgh Building Trades Council on Wednesday. 

The event was held at the Sheraton at Station Square.

With his wife, Mary, and one of four sons, Steve, by his side, Zappala vowed to stand up to injustice and emphasized his desire to be a voice for Pennsylvania families.

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The Philadelphia district attorney’s office is accusing state Attorney General Kathleen Kane of being part of the same inappropriate email chain her office uncovered.  

The statement came as a bombshell in an ongoing vendetta between the state’s top law enforcement official and her critics in the office of Philadelphia D.A. Seth Williams.  

Kane is facing criminal charges she says have been trumped up to stop her from releasing pornographic and offensive emails exchanged by judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and others.

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State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is expected to appear in a Dauphin County court Wednesday, but not for the criminal case against her. 

She’s being called to testify at the pre-trial hearing in the corruption case against state Rep. Louise Bishop (D-Philadelphia). The Office of Attorney General filed a motion to quash the subpoena issued to Kane, requesting that she not be asked about “confidential deliberations of law or policymaking.” 

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A top aide to Pennsylvania's attorney general is in court Monday defending charges he snooped on emails to keep tabs on a grand jury investigation involving boss Kathleen Kane.

A defense lawyer has argued that Patrick Reese wasn't aware of the court order protecting the emails.

Montgomery County prosecutors charged Reese with criminal contempt the same day in August they charged Kane with perjury and obstruction.

Kane denies charges that she leaked grand jury material and then lied about it.

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Governor Tom Wolf said Wednesday that if the state Senate votes to expel state Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, he’ll have to “do their bidding.”  

Kane Turns To Former Maryland AG To Lead Porn Email Probe

Dec 1, 2015
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A team of Washington-based lawyers will comb through thousands of emails on government computers. 

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Embattled state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s intermittent campaign against pornographic emails on public computers is about to intensify.

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The state Senate will begin a process next month that could topple the commonwealth’s embattled attorney general, Kathleen Kane.

A special Senate panel voted 5-2 to recommend that the full chamber take up the question of whether or not Kane can do her job with a suspended law license. The procedure would begin only with approval from the full Senate. Following that, there would be a public hearing to let Kane defend herself. Then, the Senate could ask the governor to remove Kane with a two-thirds majority vote.

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A state court has ruled that pornographic e-mails exchanged among work e-mail accounts by employees of the Office of Attorney General are not public records. 

But the decision does not stop Attorney General Kathleen Kane from releasing the e-mails first requested by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Commonwealth Court judges said in their 12-page majority opinion.

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Cases are being dragged out due to legal challenges in the Office of the Attorney General without Kathleen Kane’s personal involvement.

It’s not clear who should sign off on the state’s next bond and top lawyers of the office aren’t sure who has ultimate control over hiring and firing decisions.

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Perhaps what Attorney General Kathleen Kane needs is an asterisk – a footnote, or some other kind of small explanation of her current situation.

That’s what one legal ethicist advised in testimony Tuesday to the state Senate committee considering Kane’s removal in light of her law license suspension last month.

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Things were off to a rocky start between state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the unusual Senate committee formed to consider whether she can do her job. Kane disputed the panel’s legal authority in a lengthy letter Friday.

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  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is deferring action on whether one of its justices violated conduct rules by sending and receiving explicit emails.

The court issued a statement Monday that left judgment to the Judicial Conduct Board based on the recommendation of a law firm it hired to review the email scandal surrounding Justice Michael Eakin.

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