Judge: Email Scandal Could Spread to Judiciary

Chief Justice Ronald Castille wants to know if Pennsylvania judges were among the officials who exchanged racy emails with other state government officials. He’s asking Attorney General Kathleen Kane to name any judges who might have participated in the burgeoning scandal.
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Mr. Corbett, It’s Time to Clean House

Tom Corbett

It’s time for Gov. Corbett to clean house.

That’s an odd thing to say about an elected official who gives every sign of being a lame duck. But Corbett has got a few months and a little bit of power left, and he should use them to immediately rid state government of all his former subordinates who were trading pornographic images on their state computers while they were working for him in the attorney general’s office.

He should do this for a couple of reasons:

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Corbett to Kane: Give Me All The Pornographic Emails You Have

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It’s rare that a state’s governor asks the attorney general for her stash of porn, but that’s the current situation in Pennsylvania.

After AG Kathleen Kane allowed press members to see portions of pornographic emails sent using state email addresses on Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Kane asking her to release the entire trough of pornographic emails to him. “The governor wants all the facts,” his spokesman told the Inquirer.

Multiple top state officials received pornographic videos on their state email accounts, which Kane discovered while investigating how the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse investigation was handled. Corbett did not receive any emails and was not aware of the practice.

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Those Racy Emails: What They’re Saying

Kathleen Kane. AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

Kathleen Kane. AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

Note: This post contains mildly detailed descriptions of the racy emails shared by state officials.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane took the lid off a burgeoning scandal Thursday, revealing the names of eight state officials who allegedly sent and/or received naughty emails on state government computers — and showing reporters some of the images those officials shared with each other.

The Inquirer gets down to business:

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Pennsylvania Defending Lawsuit by Blaming Woman for Her Own Rape

A 24-year-old was working at the Rockland state prison in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania prison as a typist when she was attacked and raped by an inmate. Omar Best was convicted of her rape. The victim has sued the state of Pennsylvania, which is defending the lawsuit by claiming that her actions “in whole or in part contributed” to her own rape.

Kathleen Kane’s office was flooded with calls yesterday after the Centre Daily Times initially reported the lawsuit response. The Attorney General’s office says Kane didn’t know about this response to the lawsuit when it was filed, even though her name is on it. Kane spokesman David Tyler talked to the Centre Daily, which explained, “Kane’s name is attached to hundreds of documents every week, most of which she did not author and might not have read.” (I guess “It’s my first day!” or “The dog ate my copy of the filing” sounded worse.)

“This initial filing should not necessarily be interpreted as meaning this defense will be pursued throughout the entire case,” Kane’s office said in a statement sent to media outlets. “Attorney General Kane is disappointed that she was not made aware of this matter prior to the filing, and was saddened to learn that the filing implied that the victim somehow contributed to this crime.”

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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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