Kathleen Kane

On Kane's Removal, Senate Panel Equivocates

Jan 28, 2016
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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.

House Effort To Impeach Kane Gains Traction

Jan 27, 2016
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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.

On Kane, Senate In Wait-And-See Mode

Jan 18, 2016
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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.

Prosecutor To Kane: What About Your Emails?

Dec 16, 2015
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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.

Full PA Senate To Consider Kane's Ouster

Nov 25, 2015
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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.

Kane's Top Deputies Called Before Senate Panel

Nov 17, 2015
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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.

PA High Court Defers Email Probe To Ethics Panel

Nov 2, 2015
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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.

Judge In Jerry Sandusky Case Seeks Info On Grand Jury Leaks

Oct 29, 2015
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BELLEFONTE — The judge handling convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky's appeal ordered Pennsylvania's attorney general on Thursday to provide him and the former Penn State assistant football coach's lawyers any information she might have about possible leaks in the case by state prosecutors and a grand jury judge.

Judge John Cleland gave Attorney General Kathleen Kane one week to provide, under seal, information about "who, what, when and how this information was released."

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  Pennsylvanians increasingly think Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign, according to a new poll from Robert Morris University.

Political science professor Philip Harold said 43.6% of the more than 500 people surveyed think she should resign, up 10 percentage points from May.

He said it’s the first time a clear plurality of those polled said she should quit, and he attributed that to increasing news coverage of the criminal charges Kane is facing.

The state Senate has named the members of a special committee tasked with investigating how the attorney general’s suspended law license affects her ability to do her job.

The chairman says the panel will report its findings in 30 days -- a first step toward considering Kathleen Kane’s removal from office.

Top Senate GOP aide Drew Crompton says leaders decided to create the special committee once the suspension of Kane’s law license went into effect last week.

What It Will Take To Remove Kathleen Kane

Oct 27, 2015
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The Senate planned to read on the chamber floor the resolution to create a special committee to make the first moves against embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Where does the process go from here? We'll talk with John Micek, Opinions Editor for Penn Live/Patriot News in Harrisburg.

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An activist is trying to enlist Pennsylvania’s high court in his effort to drive besieged state Attorney General Kathleen Kane out of office.

Gene Stilp of Dauphin County plans to sue the state Senate and the governor in an effort to prompt them to oust Kane by way of a vaguely defined process in the state Constitution known as “direct removal.” For more than a month, legislative aides have pondered the move, though it’s not clear how it would work.

Raunchy e-mails flagged by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane have prompted firings, reprimands, court-requested reviews and now, a planned internal audit by the Office of Attorney General. 

Kane’s spokesman Chuck Ardo said the agency plans to do a post-mortem on its efforts to let the state Supreme Court and the Judicial Conduct Board review inappropriate e-mails exchanged between judges and OAG employees.

The examination, Ardo said, is intended to settle a dispute about the e-mails: “who looked at them and when.”

The state Supreme Court is conducting its second review in as many years of potentially inappropriate e-mails exchanged by one of its sitting justices, Michael Eakin.

In a written statement released Monday, the state’s high court said the follow-up investigation is necessary because Attorney General Kathleen Kane didn’t fork over all pertinent messages during a review last year.

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Prosecutors added a new perjury count and other criminal charges Thursday against Pennsylvania's attorney general, saying they found a signed document that contradicts her claims she never agreed to maintain secrecy of a grand jury investigation in 2009, before she took office.

The Montgomery County district attorney charged Kathleen Kane with felony perjury and two misdemeanors — false swearing and obstruction — based on a signed secrecy oath she signed shortly after taking office in early 2013.

Kane, the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general in Pennsylvania, was previously charged with perjury, conspiracy and other offenses. Prosecutors said she leaked secret grand jury information about a 2009 investigation to a newspaper and then lied about it.

A spokesman for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane says he doesn’t know when she will follow through on her latest promise to release all uncovered pornographic e-mails exchanged with current and former employees of the Office of Attorney General.

Court Suspends PA Attorney General's Law License

Sep 21, 2015
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Pennsylvania's highest court on Monday ordered the temporary suspension of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's law license, a step that could trigger efforts to remove her from office as she fights criminal charges.

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