November 20, 2012 |
Kathleen Kane has a simple explanation for her historic Nov. 6 win as the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general of Pennsylvania: "I was the right person for the job at the right time. " But the path to her victory was not always so clear. Less than a year ago, top members of her party dismissed the 46-year-old newcomer, who had no statewide profile and had never risen above the rank of Lackawanna County assistant district attorney. Democratic leaders may be licking their chops at the prospects for their freshly minted political star, notwithstanding her own vow to focus on her new job. But the story of Kane's unlikely rise - forged through a combination of savvy campaigning, self-funding, and a neophyte's gift for surprise political maneuvers - has also left some party elders asking: now that she has cleared her own path to Harrisburg, what will she do once she gets there?
February 7, 2013 |
The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office is turning over prosecution of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale accused killers to Camden County after being notified that members of her family planned to sue the office. In a statement Wednesday, the office said going ahead with a prosecution under the cloud of a likely suit "created a potential conflict. " The announcement came shortly after it was learned that Autumn's mother, Jennifer Cornwell, had filed a suit against her ex-husband, Anthony Pasquale, in a dispute over control of a memorial fund set up in their daughter's name.
April 30, 1988 |
The state health commissioner said yesterday that she would not issue any new permits to nursing homes until the Attorney General's Office finished an investigation into how the permits were awarded. Her decision means that 24 applications, including two for a Cherry Hill home, are in limbo until the investigation is over, and that no new applications for the permits, called certificates of need, will be accepted. "This action is being taken, after careful deliberation, in the interests of ensuring that the decisions ultimately made on these pending certificate of need applications are the result of a sound and stable process which is scrupulously free of concerns about its integrity due to the present investigation," Commissioner Molly Joel Coye said in a statement.
March 15, 1994 |
Early this month, 83-year-old William Young was taken from his room at the Tucker House Nursing Home in North Philadelphia to the Hahnemann University Hospital emergency room. He was covered with more than 20 bedsores, and a strong, foul odor emanated from his wounds. One bedsore, on his right shoulder, was so large and deep that muscles, tendons and bones could be seen. Young was also dehydrated and malnourished. After examining Young, Hahnemann nurse specialist Linda Thomas was "outraged and horrified" at what she saw, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the state Attorney General's Office.
May 19, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's army said it had detained a third general for questioning on Thursday, hours after a judge placed the two other officers under a form of house arrest pending an investigation for possible links to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. A Defense Department statement did not say specifically whether retired Gen. Ricardo Escorcia was detained in connection with same allegations pending against the other two generals, who were brought in on Tuesday. But it did note that the detention order for Escorcia's was issued "simultaneously with the two previous detentions, with the aim of having him testify in the investigations" being carried out by civilian prosecutors.
February 29, 2012 |
Just when it looked to be down to two, a new name emerged this week in the Democratic primary race for Pennsylvania attorney general - that of former Auditor General Don Bailey. Few knew that the 66-year-old civil-rights lawyer had filed to join the race this month, only to be rejected by the secretary of state for signature irregularities on his petition. But Commonwealth Court upheld Bailey's filings and quietly ordered him back on the ballot last week. Bailey - who served as the state's elected government watchdog from 1985 to 1989 and before that as a member of Congress - said he felt compelled to join the race by his disappointment in the other Democrats vying for nomination: former Bucks County U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and ex-Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane.
April 30, 2012
Authorities in Delaware are investigating the shooting death late Saturday of a burglary suspect confronted by police in a vacant Wilmington store. Police said an officer on patrol spotted someone entering the store late Saturday and followed the suspect inside. Master Sgt. Paul E. Reutter said the suspect did not heed commands by the unidentified officer and fled into a basement, where he attacked the officer. Reutter said the officer shot the suspect after nonlethal attempts to stop the assault were unsuccessful.
January 17, 2013 |
State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, leader of the city's House delegation in Harrisburg, was found guilty of drunken driving Wednesday for a 2011 incident in which her blood-alcohol level tested at twice Pennsylvania's legal threshold of intoxication. After a brief trial without witnesses in the Criminal Justice Center, the former president judge of Montgomery County Court, S. Gerald Corso, ruled Parker guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, based on police arrest records, Breathalyzer results, and related documents.
November 7, 2012 |
SCRANTON, Pa. - Vowing to lead her office as a prosecutor, not a politician, Democrat Kathleen Kane apparently sailed to victory Tuesday in her historic bid to become the first woman and first member of her party elected as Pennsylvania's attorney general. The former Lackawanna County prosecutor was outpacing Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, her GOP rival, with a commanding lead that as of late Tuesday put her on pace to perform better than any other Democrat on the statewide ballot.
January 12, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The state's attorney general-elect is putting her money where her mouth is. Following up on a promise she made on the campaign trail last fall, Kathleen Kane said Thursday that immediately upon taking office next week, she would appoint a special deputy to oversee a review of how the Attorney General's Office handled the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse investigation. "We want to gather up the material and make sure the review is timely," Kane said in an interview.