Court Denies Reinstatement of Kathleen Kane’s Law License
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.
Kane appealed after Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin was suspended for his role in sending and receiving offensive and pornographic emails.
Kane argued the court should re-rule on the suspension because Eakin’s role in the “Porngate” scandal was not yet known when he participated in the suspension decision. The court ruled that “because [Kane] did not seek recusal at the earliest possible time, her objection is waived as a matter of law and cannot form the basis to invalidate a judicial determination.” Eakin, who remains suspended, did not participate in today’s decision.
Both the Pennsylvania House and Senate have started the process of removing Kane from office. (Pennsylvania does not have recall elections.) Former Philly mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell testified before the Senate that he does not believe Kane needs a law license to do her job.
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