April 21, 2016
John C. Rafferty Jr. Age: 63 Residence: Audubon, Montgomery County. Family: Single, no children. Occupation: State senator, 44th District. Campaign website: raffertyforag.com Education: bachelor's degree, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; master's degree, Beaver College; law degree, Temple University. Career: Lawyer; deputy attorney general prosecuting Medicaid fraud, 1988 to 1991; state senator, 2003-present. Joseph C. Peters Age: 58 Residence: Lake Winola, Wyoming County.
March 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie should nominate an attorney general to be confirmed by the Senate, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday, arguing that process was key to preserving the independence of the office. Sweeney's remarks came as the attorney general's and governor's offices have come under scrutiny for settling a pollution case with ExxonMobil Corp. for $225 million after prosecutors had sought an $8.9 billion judgment at trial last year. A former commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection contended last week that Christie's chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, had "elbowed aside" the acting attorney general and pushed for the settlement.
September 1, 2014 |
A special prosecutor is investigating whether the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked confidential grand jury material to a newspaper in a bid to strike back at former prosecutors in the office who had been critical of her, according to several people familiar with the matter. The special prosecutor has issued several subpoenas to Kane's office and others to explore how secret records became public this year about a 2009 investigation by the Attorney General's Office involving Philadelphia political activist J. Whyatt Mondesire, the sources said.
June 19, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Election Day may be 17 months away, but the race for attorney general is on. With an embattled incumbent in office, the 2016 field of candidates could become crowded, political observers say. At least two Republicans and one Democrat are eyeing a run for the office now held by Kathleen G. Kane. "There's a strong perception that this is a seat that is fairly open, given the attorney general's struggles over the last few years," said Christopher Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College.
June 11, 2012 |
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's appointment of federal prosecutors to investigate intelligence leaks on cyberattacks and drone strikes is a good start for a probe that must be kept nonpartisan, two key lawmakers said. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the Select Committee on Intelligence, and Representative Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who heads a similarly named House panel, discussed the leaks and Holder's decision Sunday during an interview on CBS's Face the Nation.
February 20, 2016
By Art Haywood After the Pennsylvania Senate voted not to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane last week, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati was quoted as saying "this circus continues. " Indeed, the circus of criminal proceedings, porn emails, and media distraction from pressing issues like raising our state's minimum wage has not ended. The Senate had no power to end that circus. I served on the Senate special committee that heard testimony and received evidence related to the removal of the attorney general on the basis of a specific question.
April 16, 2016
A proven crime fighter Republican Joe Peters is eminently qualified to be Pennsylvania's attorney general. Peters rose from street cop to serving Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in fighting drug trafficking and international terrorism. He oversaw the country's 26 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area programs and their $250 million budget. He represented the White House with police, prosecutors, governors, mayors, and nongovernmental organizations. As a federal prosecutor, he helped secure the convictions of Philadelphia mob boss "Little Nicky" Scarfo, his underboss, and 16 mob soldiers.
June 10, 2013 |
Gov. Christie has named John J. Hoffman of Marlton to serve as acting attorney general of New Jersey during former Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa's service in the U.S. Senate. Hoffman, 47, was executive assistant attorney general for under Chiesa prior to his appointment, announced Monday. For reasons he did not explain, Christie passed over Chiesa's deputy, Thomas R. Calcagni, who remains the department's first assistant attorney general. Earlier in the day, Vice President Biden swore Chiesa in to fill the seat left vacant by the death June 3 of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
March 5, 2016 |
Former New Jersey Attorney General Robert J. Del Tufo, 82, of Princeton, who fought organized crime but was a prominent dissenting voice in the conduct of the Abscam political corruption investigation, died Wednesday of lung cancer, his family said. Mr. Del Tufo was the son of Italian immigrants and grew up in Newark, where his father ran a parking garage. He was the younger brother of Raymond Del Tufo, who served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey, a role Robert Del Tufo also filled as he rose through New Jersey's legal system.