July 19, 2015 |
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.
July 17, 2015 |
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.
June 26, 2015 |
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.
June 22, 2015 |
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.
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 17, 2015 |
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.
June 8, 2015 |
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.
April 25, 2015 |
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.
April 13, 2015 |
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.
April 11, 2015 |
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...