Racy Emails Prompted Discrimination Complaint

It’s starting to sound like the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office was a bit of a frat house when Tom Corbett was in charge.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports this morning that the office ended up paying $15,000 to settle discrimination charges from a female agent who said that all those racy emails we’ve been hearing about contributed to an atmosphere where women were second-class citizens.

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Report: Probe Discovered Explicit Emails in AG’s Office

Kathleen Kane never did find evidence that Tom Corbett slowed his Jerry Sandusky probe for political gain. But her investigators, it turns out, found something else: A number of sexually explicit emails by “top staffers” in the attorney general’s office while Corbett was in charge.

For the moment, however, those emails — and who sent them — are being kept from public view.

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Kane’s Office the Target of Leak Probe

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

Kathleen Kane has more trouble on her hands.

It’s been a quiet few months for the controversial Pennsylvania attorney general, but an old scandal is coming back to haunt her anew. The Inquirer reports a special prosecutor is investigating whether her office leaked secret grand jury material to a newspaper — and did so  to make at least one of Kane’s high-profile critics look bad.

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In Interview, Kathleen Kane Defends Her Work

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

A couple of months removed from intense criticism over A) her choice to abandon a sting operation that had caught several Philly Democrats taking money and B) her perhaps overeager efforts to connect Tom Corbett to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, Attorney General Kathleen Kane appears ready to be in the spotlight again.

She granted an interview this week to Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV. Mostly it was a light interrogation about the challenges of being a woman in a job that had until now been reserved for men, and how she has responded to the intense criticism she’s faced this year.

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You Could Be Getting Money Back from Apple — Eventually

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced a proposed settlement with Apple over its involvement in e-book price fixing. The settlement still needs to be approved by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

A district court found a year ago that Apple conspired with five publishers between 2010 and 2012 to artificially raise the price of e-books. Apple is appealing the ruling, and the settlement is contingent on that appeal. If the ruling is upheld, consumers will receive $400 million. But if the appeal exonerates Apple, people who bought e-books during that timeframe would get nothing. (There’s also a situation where consumers could get $50 million. Rest assured, Apple can pay for all of this.)

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Kathleen Kane Investigating Donation Made by IBEW 98 to Reading Mayor

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

WFMZ in Allentown reports that Attorney General Kathleen Kane is investigating alleged campaign finance violations from 2011 involving Philadelphia’s powerful IBEW 98 union, two Philadelphia politicians, and Vaughn D. Spencer, now the mayor of Reading.

Kane’s office is picking up on a report filed last November by the Berks County Board of Elections. At issue are two $10,000 donations made by Friends of Vaughn D. Spencer in the days just before the November election to the campaigns of then-Councilman Bill Green and Bill Rubin, who was trying to unseat Councilman Brian O’Neill. According to campaign finance reports filed by all three candidates, the donations to Green and Rubin were made the same day Friends of Vaughn Spencer received a $30,000 donation from IBEW. The Berks County Board of Elections wondered why, noting that IBEW 98 had not previously contributed to the Spencer campaign, which itself had not previously contributed to the campaigns of Green or Rubin.

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