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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.
NEWS
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 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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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June 10, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 5, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
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.
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July 13, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
In a sign of deepening turmoil, Hershey Trust board member Joan E. Steel resigned her position at the troubled $12.3 billion charity for impoverished children as the giant charity faces its latest investigation by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The office has set a July 31 deadline for the trust to comply with its demands for reforms, which include the removal of three long-standing board members and other governance changes. Steel, who lives in the Chicago area, was not one of the three board members the attorney general has been seeking to remove.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday appointed Bruce Beemer, a top deputy to embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, as the state's next inspector general. In his new job, Beemer, a longtime prosecutor and Kane's estranged first deputy, will replace Grayling Williams, another onetime Kane aide who is leaving the Wolf administration for a law enforcement job outside Pennsylvania. "Bruce Beemer has earned a reputation across the commonwealth as a tough prosecutor, effective administrator and thoughtful legal mind," Wolf said in a statement.
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June 30, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - A House panel deciding whether to impeach Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane voted Tuesday to begin issuing subpoenas for internal documents and witness testimony. The Subcommittee on Courts, tasked with investigating if Kane's conduct in office warrants impeachment, also requested authority from the chamber's Judiciary Committee to seek protection orders for potential witnesses who fear retaliation, and use outside counsel to defend any challenges to its subpoenas.
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June 22, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
I AM A "GUN NUT. " Why? Because I own more than one. I know that's what some of you think, because you have told me so, usually behind a screen name. I also have been told I must have a small penis and I am a coward. (Because I am "afraid" to be defenseless?) I'm not saying every gun hater has said it, but many have, and the undeniable hysteria on their part doesn't help their cause. I am not a member of the NRA, which doesn't speak for me. It doesn't even speak for a majority of its members when it comes to background checks.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Pat Toomey is the Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania The issue of gun violence has been with us for a long time, but it has clearly and painfully gotten worse in recent years. Our response to the devastating attack in Orlando must be part of our broader war against violent Islamist extremists and is by no means limited to the issue of guns. Nonetheless, the Orlando attack highlights the critical need for us to do more to prevent criminals, those with dangerous mental illnesses, and terrorists, from obtaining weapons.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie on Thursday announced the nomination of his former chief counsel, Chris Porrino, as New Jersey attorney general, a job that for three years has been filled by officials serving in an acting capacity. At a Statehouse news conference Thursday, Christie said he was "delighted that Chris is back. " Porrino left the administration in July 2015 and took a job as cochair of Lowenstein Sandler L.L.P.'s national litigation practice. He will succeed Robert Lougy as acting attorney general - an interim title before a confirmation hearing.
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June 2, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
In a hasty change in tone, the top aide to Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has backed down from his criticism of the Porngate report, whose public debut he abruptly canceled Monday. Bruce L. Castor Jr., Kane's solicitor general, on Tuesday called the report by special prosecutor Douglas Gansler "objective," "independent," and "extensive. " He said the interim report would be released untouched, perhaps during a news conference next week, albeit with an "addendum" to address Castor's concerns.
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May 21, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie intends to nominate his acting attorney general for a judgeship, less than three months after naming Robert T. Lougy the state's top law enforcement official. Christie on Wednesday notified the Democratic-controlled Legislature of his intent to nominate 18 people to Superior Court. The governor said he would also nominate, in addition to Lougy, Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D., Essex), and Deborah Gramiccioni, a trusted Christie confidante. Christie, a Republican, named Lougy acting attorney general in late February after John J. Hoffman left that post for a job at Rutgers University.
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May 1, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A judge on Friday disputed state prosecutors' call for him to remove himself from the multimillion-dollar insurance fraud case against Bucks County's politically connected Risoldi family, putting off a decision about their request and delaying the trial for what could be months. After a 31/2-hour hearing in Doylestown that saw sharp exchanges between attorneys during testimony by the lead prosecutor, who said Chester County Judge Thomas G. Gavin has a bias toward the Risoldi family, Gavin said he would decide in the coming weeks, but did not specify a date.
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