November 20, 2015
HARD TO BELIEVE that Porngate, the revelation that highly placed state officials - and more than one Supreme Court justice - have routinely and frequently swapped pornographic emails, is a little over a year old. Rather than dying a quiet death, it just keep getting porn-ier . . . and more outrageous. The porn swapped among state officials, including many in the Attorney General's Office, were not just naughty pictures. They include raunchy, XXX-rated, disgusting images that demean and dehumanize women and minorities.
November 19, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Setting the stage for a showdown, four top aides to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane are expected to testify before the Senate committee exploring whether to remove their boss from office, officials announced Tuesday. Kane's top deputies are scheduled to appear for questioning Wednesday afternoon at the committee's final hearing before it decides whether the embattled attorney general can continue to run her office with a suspended law license. The deputies include the attorney general's second-in-command, Bruce Beemer.
November 9, 2015 |
Even as state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane questions their authority, the seven members of a special state Senate panel considering her fate are facing an unusual challenge. They must decide whether, for the first time, the Senate and the governor should remove an elected official: Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer. The group is made up of four Republicans and three Democrats, selected by leaders from both parties in the GOP-controlled upper chamber. Three are lawyers.
November 8, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is refusing to cooperate with a Senate committee examining whether to remove her from office, saying it lacks the authority to decide if she can remain in the position to which she was elected. In a densely worded letter, Kane on Friday rebuffed the panel's request for documents from her office. She said the committee had no jurisdiction. The only legal means to remove an elected official, Kane said, is impeachment, a process that begins in the state House of Representatives.
October 29, 2015 |
STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams, a West Philadelphia Democrat, yesterday became the first lawmaker in Harrisburg to publicly call for the resignation of state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin following a rekindling of the so-called Porngate scandal. Williams, the third-highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said Eakin, a Republican, had become a distraction and questioned his ability to be impartial in cases involving women and minorities. The Daily News reported this month that Eakin's Yahoo inbox was a repository for offensive and inappropriate emails, including those that contained sexually explicit material and that mocked African-Americans, Muslims, Latinos and women.
October 27, 2015 |
After weeks under the radar, the race to become the next Montgomery County District Attorney suddenly has been overtaken by two names: Bill Cosby and Kathleen Kane. Neither the comedian nor the state attorney general are candidates, but each could become high-profile prosecutions for the winner of next month's election. And both candidates know it. Last week, Democrat Kevin Steele and Republican Bruce L. Castor Jr. attracted national attention with TV ads in which they criticized each other for the handling of claims that Cosby sexually assaulted a woman in Cheltenham a decade ago - allegations still viable under the statute of limitations.
October 21, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A longtime Harrisburg activist is petitioning the state's highest court to force the governor and the Republican-controlled Senate to remove embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office. Gene Stilp said he would file a petition with the state Supreme Court because the suspension of Kane's law license was to take effect this week. Without a license, Kane will no longer be able to make key legal decisions as the state's top law enforcement officer.
October 17, 2015 |
Cleaning up the apparently bottomless digital landfill of pornographic and bigoted email traded among judges and prosecutors would be a job for Pennsylvania's top law enforcement agency and highest court - if both weren't so intimately involved and implicated. Take the increasingly sordid case of state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, who this week apologized for, as he delicately put it, "insensitive" emails detailed in the Daily News and turned over to the court and Judicial Conduct Board.
October 11, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board on Friday effectively accused state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane of holding back offensive emails of Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, suggesting she had undermined its investigation of the justice. Last year, the board cleared Eakin of any wrongdoing in connection with his emails, but it said Friday that it now believes it was "not provided with all of the information on the attorney general's servers. " Kane's spokesman, Chuck Ardo, insisted later Friday that her office had provided the board with every email stored on its servers because Eakin had exchanged messages with agency staff.
October 7, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A top lawyer who was fired by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane after testifying in the criminal case against her is suing her for defamation. James Barker, the onetime head of the office's appeals division, is alleging Kane acted "maliciously and wantonly," firing him just weeks after learning he had appeared before a grand jury investigating her for allegedly leaking confidential information. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Harrisburg, also contends that Kane gave a series of evolving - and false - explanations for his ouster.