Chris Kelly, a columnist at the Scranton Times-Tribune, is going to work for Attorney General Kathleen Kane as her press secretary. He said farewell to readers on Sunday:
Two men are charged with stealing $3.6 million from PennDOT, money taken by billing the agency for work never done and supplies never purchased. Thanh Nguyen, 62, of Montgomery County, and Robert Slamon, 54, of Berks County, were charged Thursday. Read more »
The State Ethics Commission is examining four Philly-based lawmakers who reportedly took money in a sting operation later abandoned by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, one of three investigations to emerge from the matter.
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.)
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.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has apparently dropped the idea of suing the Philadelphia Inquirer for its articles about her decision to abandon an investigation that had caught Philly Democrats on tape accepting cash payments. She had hired famed and feared Philly litigator Richard Sprague after the article ran, bringing him to a meeting at the Inky where he refused to let her talk.
The Morning Call reports that Kane has since abandoned the notion of a lawsuit:
Kane said Sprague accompanied her because she thought there was a potential defamation lawsuit. But Kane said she has not pursued the matter further and is no longer represented by Sprague.
The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is criticizing Attorney General Kathleen Kane, saying she needs to back off her criticisms of the Jerry Sandusky investigation now that her accusations of political foot-dragging in the matter have proved unfounded.
The rebuke comes in the form of an op-ed in today’s Inquirer from DAs David J. Freed (Cumberland County), D. Peter Johnson (Union County), Risa Vetri Ferman (Montgomery County), and the executive committee of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.
One reason Gov. Tom Corbett starts his re-election campaign in such a deep hole, poll-wise, is that there are a whole lot of people in this state who love Penn State — and a whole lot of them are still fans of the late football coach Joe Paterno. A whole lot of them blame Corbett for how Paterno and the university so messily divorced — there is, at the extreme end, this online petition — citing Corbett’s handling of the investigation into Jerry Sandusky to Corbett’s actions as a voting trustee on Penn State’s board. Corbett on Thursday tried to dig his way out of the hole, telling the Associated Press that he had “never” condemned Paterno for failing to report Sandusky — and that he regretted Penn State fired Paterno by phone instead of in person: Read more »
One unexpected result of Kathleen Kane‘s probe into Tom Corbett‘s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation is that millions of old emails from the attorney general’s office were discovered — now public records that could prove useful to Pennsylvania defendants appealing their convictions.