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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.
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August 3, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The state Senate confirmed Christopher Porrino as New Jersey's attorney general Monday. Gov. Christie had nominated him in June. After a hearing that touched on Porrino's role in the Bridgegate investigation and the controversial multimillion-dollar environmental settlement with ExxonMobil, the Judiciary Committee recommended his approval. The full Senate then voted, 37-0, to confirm him. Porrino was Christie's chief counsel from Jan. 8, 2014, the day the George Washington Bridge lane-closing controversy broke, until July 2015, when he returned to private practice.
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June 19, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 11, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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September 1, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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June 11, 2012 | By Anna Edney and Katarzyna Klimasinska, Bloomberg News
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.
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April 12, 2016
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane won election resoundingly four years ago, as well as the Inquirer's endorsement, promising to be a "prosecutor, not a politician. " She proved to be not much of either, botching a series of high-profile corruption cases and the ensuing political controversies. Having narrowly survived a justified effort to remove her from office, Kane is ending her term on the wrong end of a criminal prosecution, charged with violating grand jury secrecy to smear a rival.
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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.
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February 6, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - John J. Hoffman, who has served as New Jersey's acting attorney general for more than two years, will leave the Christie administration in March to become senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers University. The school's president, Robert L. Barchi, said Thursday that he was "deeply impressed by John's intelligence and legal acumen, the wide range of statutory and regulatory issues he has handled, and his record of excellence in state and federal service. " Hoffman, 50, is scheduled to begin at Rutgers on March 14, Barchi said.
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August 20, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday nominated a former top state prosecutor to serve as attorney general and replace the convicted Kathleen G. Kane, a move that would end the fleeting tenure of Bruce L. Castor Jr. Wolf said his nominee, Bruce Beemer, a Democrat, had the support of Republican and Democratic legislative leaders. Beemer's nomination must be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate, a vote that is not expected before the end of the month. "Bruce Beemer has a depth of experience," Wolf said in a statement.
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August 18, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who was convicted Monday of perjury and other crimes, will resign Wednesday, her once-promising career in state politics felled by a fixation on seeking revenge against enemies that led her to break the law. In a statement announcing her intention to step down, Kane, 50, the state's first woman and first Democrat elected to the office, said only: "I have been honored to serve the people of Pennsylvania and...
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August 17, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
A marijuana-legalization activist has dropped his bid to be the Libertarian Party's candidate for Pennsylvania attorney general. N.A. Poe, who is also a comedian, filed the paperwork Monday afternoon and then exited stage left with his sense of humor still on full display. Poe said his exit - "at high noon" - came after the state's Republican and Democratic Parties filed legal challenges last week, noting that a law license is necessary for the job. "It's obvious that I'm not qualified for attorney general," Poe declared.
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August 17, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Update: The court on Tuesday set sentencing for 10 a.m. Oct. 24, according to the case docket sheet. That's a week before the election to determine her successor in office.  Earlier Story Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was convicted Monday of perjury, obstruction, and other crimes, after squandering her once-bright political future on an illegal vendetta against an enemy.  Four years after Kane's election in...
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August 15, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
After two years of pledging to fight, of promising to air the truth in the face of all those bent on railroading her, the opportunity had finally arisen for Kathleen Kane to stand up in court and tell her side under oath. The time had finally come for the state's top law enforcement official to speak in her own defense. She chose silence. An attorney general on trial for perjury and official oppression for allegedly leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it, crimes that could cost her her law license and freedom, decided now that she had nothing to say. After hearing the prosecution's evidence, her lead attorney, famed mob lawyer Gerald Shargel, thought it best that Kane stay mum. The attorney general agreed with the mob lawyer.
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August 14, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Gerald Sykes is 76. He still has three bullets in him from when a state trooper - who responded to his home two weeks ago after a 911 call was mistakenly traced there - shot him. And he's pretty sore. But he likes to get out and move around. So what's the first thing Sykes did when he returned to his rural home this week, following stays at Cooper University Hospital and his stepdaughter's home? Mow the lawn. "That's why they call me tough," Sykes said Friday by phone from his house in Upper Deerfield Township, Cumberland County, where the glass door that the trooper shot through is boarded up, awaiting new glass.
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August 12, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Kathleen Granahan and Adrian King dated when they were students at Temple Law School. They even lived together for a year or so. They parted as friends, and when she, now Kathleen G. Kane, became attorney general, she named King as her top aide. On Wednesday, at Kane's trial on perjury and obstruction charges, King accused the attorney general of "trying to frame" him. An angry King leveled that charge during a grueling cross-examination by Kane's legal team. He portrayed his former boss and friend as a thin-skinned public official who dodged questions from the media and ignored his warnings not to leak confidential investigative material.
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August 12, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The 76-year-old homeowner who was shot by a New Jersey state trooper responding to the wrong home two weeks ago has been released from Cooper University Hospital - with the three bullets from the trooper's 9mm service handgun still lodged in him. Doctors feared removing the bullets in Gerald Sykes' body would cause further bleeding, said Sykes' stepdaughter, Diana LaFalce. She said the bullets could be removed if they caused complications. Sykes, she said, is still sore and weak, but is improving each day. "The trauma that his body took, it's amazing that he is doing as well as he is," LaFalce, 56, said.
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August 11, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
For N.A. Poe, a marijuana-legalization activist from Philadelphia, running for state attorney general was a lark to draw attention to the issue. The state Republican and Democratic Parties didn't find it funny. Both parties filed legal challenges Monday seeking to remove Poe - a stage name for the activism work and comedian act of Richard Tamaccio - from the Nov. 8 general election ballot as the Libertarian Party candidate. Poe on Tuesday said he was examining his options, one of which was to "bow out gracefully.
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