Pa. Senate to Vote Wednesday on Kane’s Future

The attorney general faces possible ouster.

"PennsylvaniaKathleen 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.

Kane believes the process is unconstitutional: “”She believes that our system of justice is founded on a presumption of innocence, and that she is being denied that presumption,” her spokesman, Chuck Ardo, told PennLive.

PoliticsPA points to the relevant constitutional provision, Article VI Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution:

All civil officers shall hold their offices on the condition that they behave themselves well while in office, and shall be removed on conviction of misbehavior in office or of any infamous crime. Appointed civil officers, other than judges of the courts of record, may be removed at the pleasure of the power by which they shall have been appointed. All civil officers elected by the people, except the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, members of the General Assembly and judges of the courts of record, shall be removed by the Governor for reasonable cause, after due notice and full hearing, on the address of two-thirds of the Senate.

As the provision indicates, if the senate approves — two-thirds approval is needed — the measure goes to Gov. Tom Wolf, who makes the ultimate decision.