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June 22, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - As Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane waits to hear whether she will face criminal charges, she is presiding over an office awash in backbiting, anxiety, and fear. Current and former staffers say it's a workplace where supervisors go through office phone records to see who is calling whom - and talking for how long. It is a place where Kane's chief of staff officially complained that someone pawed through his briefcase while he had stepped away. And last week, detectives from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office searched the place, looking for evidence of wrongdoing by Kane.
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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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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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June 17, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. John Rafferty (R., Montgomery) plans to launch a campaign to become Pennsylvania's next attorney general on Wednesday. Rafferty, a fourth-term senator who represents parts of Montgomery, Chester, and Berks Counties, dropped out of the 2012 race for attorney general after then-Gov. Corbett said he was backing Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed. Freed then lost to Kathleen Kane. "There's a lot of attention being paid to this race, and a lot of enthusiasm to see a change in the direction the office is headed," Mike Barley, Rafferty's campaign strategist, said Monday.
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September 27, 1996 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Pennsylvania's attorney general yesterday accused Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a top Philadelphia law firm, of bilking the state for hundreds of thousands of dollars in the course of defending Ernie Preate. Attorney General Thomas W. Corbett said an investigation had found "a considerable amount of circumstantial evidence that various state or federal statutes may have been violated in connection with the payment of legal bills" to the law firm. Corbett said he had referred the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice for possible investigation by a grand jury.
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January 10, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
The special prosecutor and grand jury investigating allegations that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked secret information to a newspaper have found evidence of wrongdoing and recommended that she be criminally charged, according to numerous people familiar with the decision. The panel concluded that Kane violated grand-jury secrecy rules by leaking investigative material in a bid to embarrass political enemies, sources said. Some of those familiar with the grand jury presentment say it recommended charges that included perjury and contempt of court.
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July 19, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
After denying a motion to have high-powered defense attorney Jack McMahon removed from the case, a judge on Friday told state prosecutors that he had doubts about whether evidence was sufficient to support a $20 million fraud case against the Risoldi family, the politically connected Bucks County clan accused of defrauding insurers. In particular, said Chester County Judge Thomas Gavin, he was unsure whether prosecutors could credibly charge all four family members and a coconspirator with being part of a corrupt organization, the most serious allegation in the case.
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July 17, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
LORETTA LYNCH, the first black female U.S. attorney general, put an exclamation point on the end of the five-day 106th Annual NAACP Convention last night, summoning an America in which black urban kids aren't viewed as future criminals - and in which some of them want to become cops. "We need children, particularly children of color - our children - to turn toward the law-enforcement officers in their neighborhoods," Lynch told about 1,000 attendees at a final-night awards ceremony at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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June 26, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired another aide Wednesday, terminating a senior official only weeks after he recommended that she discharge her new and controversial chief of staff. The dismissed aide, George Moore, the office's labor-relations coordinator, said in an interview that a superior told him only that Kane wanted to "go in a new direction. " However, Moore said he saw his firing as retaliation for his recommendation that Kane fire chief of staff Jonathan Duecker.
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June 22, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - As Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane waits to hear whether she will face criminal charges, she is presiding over an office awash in backbiting, anxiety, and fear. Current and former staffers say it's a workplace where supervisors go through office phone records to see who is calling whom - and talking for how long. It is a place where Kane's chief of staff officially complained that someone pawed through his briefcase while he had stepped away. And last week, detectives from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office searched the place, looking for evidence of wrongdoing by Kane.
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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 17, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. John Rafferty (R., Montgomery) plans to launch a campaign to become Pennsylvania's next attorney general on Wednesday. Rafferty, a fourth-term senator who represents parts of Montgomery, Chester, and Berks Counties, dropped out of the 2012 race for attorney general after then-Gov. Corbett said he was backing Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed. Freed then lost to Kathleen Kane. "There's a lot of attention being paid to this race, and a lot of enthusiasm to see a change in the direction the office is headed," Mike Barley, Rafferty's campaign strategist, said Monday.
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June 8, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Somerset County prosecutor concluded in March that Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. killed his wife, set their house on fire, and then committed suicide, it reignited concerns about the competency of New Jersey's medical examiner system. By ruling the deaths a murder-suicide, the prosecutor's office closed the high-profile case. But the couple's four sons, who believe both their parents were murdered in September in their Montgomery Township home, have asked the state Attorney General's Office for a new investigation.
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April 25, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - A Montgomery County Court judge has postponed next week's hearing to determine whether Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane should be held in contempt for firing a lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury. In an order issued late Thursday, Judge William R. Carpenter rescheduled Monday's hearing at the request of Kane's lawyers and special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio. The hearing was to be held before a three-judge panel to review the circumstances surrounding Kane's decision to oust James Barker, a former chief deputy attorney general.
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April 13, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
The last two weeks have brought almost daily doses of bad news for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, a steady drip of negative revelations that raise doubts about her conduct in office. Despite the deluge and calls from newspapers for Kane to resign, top state Democrats say it is too early to move against her. Gov. Wolf, the titular head of the party, said last week that he would not push Kane to resign. He said that she could still function as attorney general and that the judicial system should decide the "rights and wrongs" of her actions.
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April 11, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The judge presiding over the investigation into alleged leaks by state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Thursday that he would look into Kane's firing this week of a top aide who had testified against her. In a brief interview, Judge William R. Carpenter declined to discuss his inquiry or possible sanctions, but made clear that an order he issued in the fall to protect witnesses in the case from retaliation or harassment had...
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