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March 17, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned. Yet no one was charged with a crime. Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down. In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.
NEWS
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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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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December 11, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - As she faces a grand jury probe into alleged leaks, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is once again reshuffling her top staff. On Tuesday, Kane named a former top aide to the Arkansas attorney general as her chief of staff. Kane also said she would be hiring a new communications director - her fourth top communications staffer in less than two years. According to Kane's office, Blake Rutherford will become chief of staff, a position that Kane's predecessors used but one she chose not to fill after taking office.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has said it was about transparency: The public needed to know about a criminal investigation that ended without charges against a prominent Philadelphia civil rights leader. Her critics say it was about something else: payback. Many details of the leak that now threatens to derail Kane's career remain mysterious - even as a statewide grand jury has concluded that her office "improperly and unlawfully" released confidential materials related to a 2009 case.
NEWS
June 29, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - On Monday, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said she would "love to sit all day" and answer questions about her office's review of why her predecessors took so long to bring charges against serial child-abuser Jerry Sandusky. That was before her office acknowledged that she erred on a key and emotionally charged question: whether any children had been abused by Sandusky while the 33-month-long state investigation was ongoing. On Friday, Kane refused to answer questions about the issue or clarify her comments.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's communications director is leaving his job, her office confirmed today. In a statement issued by her office, Kane did not say if Joe Peters resigned or was let go. Peters could not be reached for comment. The departure comes at a time when Kane is under heightened scrutiny after the Inquirer revealed she had shut down an investigation in which four Philadelphia state legislators and a traffic court judge were recorded taking payoffs.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Investigators served a search warrant on the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Thursday as part of an inquiry into allegations that she illegally leaked confidential documents to embarrass a foe. The move was a sign that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is pushing hard in an investigation that sources say has gained significant momentum in recent weeks. Since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for Ferman to pursue the case in March, she has deployed her detectives to gather fresh evidence to buttress a grand jury's recommendation that she arrest Kane, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
SPORTS
November 12, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
IF YOU think you might be good at something, might as well make a full-blown bid to find out for sure. That's Chris Kane's story, and it has turned out great because he never failed to match passion with dedication. Through grade school football at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy, in Spring House, Kane served as a two-way end. "But I always thought I could throw the ball a little," he said. "Going into high school, especially at La Salle, I thought I would give it a try. " Especially at La Salle refers to Kane's knowledge of the Explorers' long-standing penchant for passing, going back to the mid-'90s and Brett Gordon, who now handles offensive-coordinator duties for his father, Drew.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
A former Pennsylvania undercover agent has sued Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for defamation, saying she made false statements about his role in a "sting" operation that caught Philadelphia elected officials on tape pocketing money. Claude Thomas, who posed as the driver for the lobbyist turned operative in the sting, said Kane falsely told the public that he had said the operation had a racial agenda, targeting blacks and exempting whites. Thomas notes in the suit that he is African American.
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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.
NEWS
June 25, 2015
ISSUE | KATHLEEN KANE Water cooler stuff The Inquirer hit a low note when what started as valuable investigative reporting into the actions of state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane descended into an office gossip fest ("Suspicion and fear rule the A.G.'s Office," June 21). Backbiting and insecurity are hardly unusual in work environments across the country, and not just where the boss is under threat of criminal indictment. In this case, it was like dancing on Kane's grave.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Investigators served a search warrant on the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Thursday as part of an inquiry into allegations that she illegally leaked confidential documents to embarrass a foe. The move was a sign that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is pushing hard in an investigation that sources say has gained significant momentum in recent weeks. Since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for Ferman to pursue the case in March, she has deployed her detectives to gather fresh evidence to buttress a grand jury's recommendation that she arrest Kane, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's little doubt where Risa Vetri Ferman will be in January: The longtime Montgomery County district attorney is a strong candidate to win a seat on the County Court bench. But as the clock ticks down on her career as a local prosecutor, the larger question is if, or when, she will charge the state's top prosecutor with a crime. The same week that Ferman announced her run for the bench, she was handed a grand jury recommendation to charge Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane in the alleged leaking of secret information to a newspaper, then trying to cover it up. Kane, a Democrat, has denied any wrongdoing and called the investigation a partisan attack ordered by a Republican judge.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was probably inevitable. The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the sting corruption case, is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, saying she was targeted for prosecution because she is African American. To make his case, the lawyer cites Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's repeated statements that the case may have been tainted by racial prejudice. "The elected attorney general of this Commonwealth declined to prosecute this matter," lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. wrote in a legal brief filed this month.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's own personnel office has recommended she fire her newly appointed chief of staff after two female employees alleged he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, according to people with knowledge of the advice. The Human Resources section sent the advisory memo to Kane shortly after she named Jonathan Duecker to the top post last month, recommending his termination for violating both the office's internal policy on sexual harassment as well as state rules governing such behavior, the sources said.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
  Attorney General Kathleen Kane promoted a top aide to serve as her chief of staff despite a report from her internal affairs unit informing her he had made unwanted sexual advances to two female colleagues, The Inquirer has learned. The report summarized the findings of an internal investigation that said Jonathan Duecker had groped one woman and made improper sexual advances to another, according to people with knowledge of the matter. That document was sent to Kane the weekend before she promoted Duecker, a onetime supervisor of narcotics agents, to chief of staff, the sources said.
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