Kathleen Kane’s ability to survive scandal will face its biggest test so far on Wednesday.
That’s when the Pennsylvania Senate will vote, deciding whether or not the attorney general — whose law license is suspended while she awaits trial on criminal charges — should be ousted from office. Read more »
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Kathleen Kane isn’t getting her law license back right now.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Kane’s attempt to have her law license reinstated when it rejected her appeal today. The court suspended her law license in September after she was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury. Read more »
Harper Polling polled Democrats for the state attorney general primary. Kathleen Kane, the current indicted AG who does not have a law license, leads the other candidates right now. (Courtesy Harper Polling)
Kathleen Kane has a lot on her plate now. For example, last month at the Constitution Center she gave a press conference where she displayed a video of pornographic and offensive emails on a 30-foot screen. This was to defend herself in a current scandal that has seen her be indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, have her law license suspended and have state lawmakers weigh removing her from office.
There is an enormous backstory to this scandal, that has cost many others their jobs and reputations. But Kane may have been hit harder by it than anyone. Yet she’s running for re-election as state attorney general, and Democrats may be ready to call her blameless: In a new poll from Republican firm Harper Polling, Kane is leading the democratic field.
Kane gets 31 percent of Democratic support. Thirty percent of voters are undecided. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala gets 18 percent, Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro gets 13 percent and Northampton County DA John Morganelli gets 8 percent. (To note, as the firm does in its release, Harper Polling conducts survey research for State Sen. John Rafferty, a GOP candidate for Attorney General.) Read more »
The state House Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved a resolution that would launch a formal investigation into Attorney General Kathleen Kane‘s conduct in office pursuant to a possible vote to impeach her.
Kane has been the subject of a grand jury investigation into her actions relating to a leak of confidential information about a critic as a possible act of revenge. The grand jury charged her with leaking the information and then lying about it when questioned under oath. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges; her trial is slated to begin later this year. Read more »
CVS will pay $450,000 to settle charges that it sold expired over-the-counter drugs, infant formula and dairy products in Pennsylvania stores.
The settlement stems from an investigation by the Health Care Section of Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office. In 2010, the state and the drug-store giant reached an agreement that called for CVS stores in Pennsylvania to voluntarily institute a system to ensure that expired products were not sold. (How that didn’t already exist is mind-boggling. We’re talking about medicine, milk and infant formula here.) Read more »
Ed Rendell testifies before the Pennsylvania Special Committee on Senate Address. (Screengrab via PCN)
In his experience, Ed Rendell says Kathleen Kane doesn’t need a law license to be Pennsylvania attorney general.
Rendell — Philadelphia’s district attorney for eight years before later becoming mayor of the city and governor of the state — testified before a state senate committee today in defense of Kane, the embattled AG who had her law license suspended last year. Today’s Pennsylvania Special Committee on Senate Address hearing was on the topic of whether that suspension disqualifies Kane from the office of attorney general. The committee will issue a report in 15 days; the full senate could vote then on a possible dismissal.
Rendell said that, when he was district attorney of Philadelphia, “at least 97 percent” of his job did not require a law license. He gave an example: “If council turned me down, I would go to Mayor Rizzo, and I would say, ‘Mayor, it’s a war out there.’ And he would pound his fists on the desk and I would get whatever I wanted. This did not require me to have a law license.” Read more »
In this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo, Josh Shapiro speaks in Harrisburg, Pa. Shapiro will announce his candidacy to be attorney general on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower, File)
When he formally announces his candidacy for attorney general on Tuesday, Josh Shapiro will do so in a three-and-a-half-page letter to Pennsylvanians that never once mentions Kathleen Kane — but that clearly defines her time in office as his reason for running.
“The election will come down to this: Who can lead the office with integrity, who has the judgment and executive experience to clean up a mess, and who has a track record of fighting for our collective values,” Shapiro writes to supporters. Read more »
Josh Shapiro, courtesy his Flickr feed.
As expected, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro will run for attorney general.
The news — via the AP’s Mark Levy — sets up Shapiro, a Democrat, to mount an intra-party challenge to Kathleen Kane. Despite her legal troubles, the current attorney general has vowed to run for re-election. Read more »
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speak during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
A bipartisan State Senate committee will meet next week to decide whether to recommend Kathleen Kane’s ouster from the attorney general’s office — but Kane won’t be there.
PennLive reports that Kane plans to skip the hearing, even though the hearing could lead to her losing her job. “She may submit something in a statement or she may choose to provide testimony in some other form,” Kane spokesman Chuck Ardo told the website. Read more »
There will be no charges against a Penn State Altoona fraternity accused of hazing one pledge so badly he committed suicide.
Marquise Braham was 18 when he killed himself in March 2014 — the result, his family says, of a punishing cycle of hazing at the hands of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. But on Tuesday, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that a grand jury had declined to bring evidence in the case, even though it found troubling examples of behavior in the matter. Read more »