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September 15, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
Facing sentencing next month, convicted former state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has hired yet another lawyer. Kane has retained Montgomery County defense lawyer Marc Robert Steinberg, according to court records filed Tuesday in her case. Steinberg, a onetime Montgomery County assistant district attorney, said in an interview that he will be representing Kane at her Oct. 24 sentencing in Norristown. It was unclear whether Kane also planned to keep employing her trial defense team, including high-profile New York lawyer Gerald Shargel.
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February 22, 2016
The seeds of Kathleen G. Kane's undoing were sown during her first, seemingly flawless, year in office as Pennsylvania's first woman and Democrat to be elected attorney general. In 2013, Kane won national attention for her early stand in favor of marriage equality. But the same year, Kane also secretly shut down an undercover sting investigation that had caught Democratic officials from Philadelphia on tape pocketing cash. After The Inquirer disclosed her decision, prosecutors say, Kane set out to retaliate against the former state prosecutor whom she blamed for the newspaper's story.
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October 24, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Thursday publicly released 48 emails of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin - many with images of naked women, and others with crude jokes - and said they demonstrated that a misconduct case against him had been wrongly dismissed. The pictures and videos mainly depicted topless women, though several showed full frontal nudity. One contained a graphic depiction of a sex act. The supposed jokes mocked gays, lesbians, feminists, drunken college girls, and, in one message, nuns.
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August 8, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Is Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman a member of Harrisburg's good ol' boys' club? The question, put to Ferman after she announced criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, was rhetorical but telling. Kane has often blamed her considerable troubles in office on the supposed manipulations of such a cabal. But Ferman - a career suburban prosecutor who, like Kane, is the first woman elected to her post - is by definition not one of the good ol' boys.
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December 25, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Wednesday applauded the suspension of Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin for his involvement in the "Porngate" scandal. "This is yet another step in restoring our faith in our justice system," Kane said in a statement following Tuesday's decision by the Court of Judicial Discipline. The court said Eakin, 67, sent and received offensive email messages, some containing images of naked women and jokes mocking minorities, women, and others, that have "tainted the Pennsylvania judiciary in the eyes of the public.
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October 26, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
After months of punishing headlines, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has struck back hard. She took another swipe at a familiar target: the so-called old boys' network. In doing so, she proved the merit of a well-worn political adage: when in trouble, change the subject. On Oct. 1, the day she was charged with a fresh count of perjury, Kane accused a Supreme Court justice of exchanging emails that included "racial, misogynistic pornography. " On Thursday, the day the suspension of her law license took effect, she made public 48 crude emails of Justice J. Michael Eakin's.
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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.
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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.
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August 7, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has decided to bring criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for allegedly leaking confidential documents and then lying about it under oath, The Inquirer has learned. After nearly six months of review and fresh investigation, Ferman has endorsed a grand jury's recommendation that Kane be arrested for releasing the documents in a bid to embarrass a critic, according to people familiar with her decision.
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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.
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September 15, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
Facing sentencing next month, convicted former state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has hired yet another lawyer. Kane has retained Montgomery County defense lawyer Marc Robert Steinberg, according to court records filed Tuesday in her case. Steinberg, a onetime Montgomery County assistant district attorney, said in an interview that he will be representing Kane at her Oct. 24 sentencing in Norristown. It was unclear whether Kane also planned to keep employing her trial defense team, including high-profile New York lawyer Gerald Shargel.
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September 8, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - After serving as the state's top law enforcement official for a mere two weeks, Bruce L. Castor Jr. will leave the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office at the end of the week, state officials said Tuesday. Castor, a former Montgomery County district attorney and commissioner, was hired by then-Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane last spring, and was quickly promoted to be her second-in-command. He became the agency's leader after Kane resigned last month following her conviction on perjury and other charges stemming from abusing her office.
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September 6, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's conviction clears the way for voters to focus on the two men seeking to replace her as the state's top prosecutor. Labor Day, after all, is the traditional beginning of the mad sprint to the general election for statewide races in Pennsylvania. But the Kane case - a Montgomery County jury found her guilty on Aug. 15 of leaking secret grand jury material and then lying about it - will loom large once more. Kane is set to be sentenced on Oct. 24, just 15 days before the Nov. 8 general election.
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September 5, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
Ron Howard's new Beatles movie, Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years , is being advertised with a trailer that begins with a familiar voice saying: "This is the greatest phenomenon in the century thus far. " That 1964 assessment came from a 21-year-old radio reporter at Miami's top-40 WFUN. Fifty-two years later, Philadelphians will instantly recognize the unmistakable voice of a young Larry Kane. The legendary local newsman has a significant on-screen presence in the movie due to his unique, front-row seat to the Beatles' invasion of America.
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September 3, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - In one of his first acts as Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Bruce Beemer has fired two of his predecessor's most controversial hires. Jonathan Duecker, the former chief of staff to Kathleen Kane, and Patrick Reese, Kane's onetime security chief and driver, were terminated Thursday morning, said Jeff Johnson, the office's spokesman. Johnson would not say why the two were dismissed. But the move wasn't unexpected after Kane's resignation and conviction last month on perjury and obstruction charges.
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September 1, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The state Senate made a rare summer return to the Capitol on Tuesday, voting to confirm a former top state prosecutor to replace the convicted Kathleen G. Kane as attorney general. Bruce Beemer, once a key aide to Kane, was approved unanimously by the chamber, with many senators saying they had confidence he would restore calm and credibility to an agency beleaguered by scandal and infighting during Kane's tenure. "It's no secret that the Attorney General's Office has gone through some difficult times over the last year or two," Beemer, a 47-year-old Allegheny County Democrat, told the Senate Judiciary Committee before the vote.
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August 24, 2016
ISSUE | KATHLEEN KANE Impeachment a waste Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery) is trying to grandstand on former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's political grave by proposing impeachment to permanently bar her from holding public office ("House panel ponders Kane impeachment," Saturday). Kane has already been convicted and has resigned. Jail time is a real possibility, her law license will probably be yanked, and her reputation is deservedly in tatters. The public's interest would not be served by the legislature pursuing impeachment when so many other issues go unaddressed.
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August 22, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
Facing a possible prison term, the loss of her law license, an impeachment push, and a contentious divorce, former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane can expect bitter months ahead. Still, the Scranton Democrat appeared calm, almost serene, after her conviction last week on perjury charges. "I have no regrets," she said. "I don't know what's next," Kane, 50, told reporters on her last day of work. "But I know somebody has said to me that your future is always brighter than your past.
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August 22, 2016 | Barbara Mancini
Barbara ManciniĀ is a Philadelphia nurse and a consultant for Compassion and Choices, an end-of-life advocacy organization Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane has had her day in court. This is somewhat unusual as the overwhelming majority of criminal cases in the United States - up to 97 percent - are settled behind closed doors in the plea-bargaining process. There, prosecutors alone, with no judicial oversight, have the power to determine a person's fate. In 2013, I was falsely accused and prosecuted by Kane on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of my dying 93-year-old father.
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August 21, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Former Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who resigned this week after her conviction for perjury and other crimes, may still face impeachment. The chairman of a key House panel said he would continue to push for impeachment to set the stage for Senate action that could bar her from elected office in the future. State Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery), who chairs a subcommittee that had been investigating Kane, said her conviction underscored the need for legislative action.
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