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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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March 19, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday that she believed leading Philadelphia Democrats ensnared in an undercover sting operation committed crimes, but that the case against them was so badly mishandled by her predecessors that it could not be prosecuted. Responding to a report in Sunday's Inquirer that five public officials, including four state legislators from Philadelphia, were captured on tape accepting cash, gifts, or money orders, Kane said she had no choice but to shut down the investigation.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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May 2, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's new chief of staff has been accused by an assistant state prosecutor of making inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances. Deputy Attorney General Michele Kluk confirmed in an interview Thursday that she reported the February 2014 incident to her superiors shortly after it occurred - more than a year before Kane promoted Jonathan Duecker, a former supervisor of the office's narcotics agents, to the new post. In addition, a second woman who works in the office has told supervisors that Duecker had sexually harassed her, according to people familiar with the woman's account.
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April 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says her office will investigate why state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired a top lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury investigating whether Kane leaked confidential documents. In a statement Tuesday, Ferman said she would fold that inquiry into her office's ongoing review of whether Kane leaked information to the Philadelphia Daily News last year in a bid to embarrass her critics. "These inquiries will be conducted using standards and procedures that reflect an ethical prosecutor's responsibilities as a minister of justice," Ferman said.
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April 29, 2015
OK, SO NOW we know more details about the Kathleen Kane leak case. And I mean more than we knew after someone leaked details about the leak case in a leak to the Inquirer back in January. Some of the new stuff is juicy. Some of it adds to the great tangled train wreck Kane's tenure's become. And there's a confounding question about leaks in general. But first the news. We now know Kane seemed fixated on leaking info on a "dead case" about former Philly NAACP boss Jerry Mondesire to the Daily News last year.
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April 29, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane orchestrated an illegal leak to embarrass a critic and later lied about it under oath, according to a grand jury report made public Monday. The panel found that Kane's testimony was "riddled with inconsistencies" and that she lied about virtually every aspect of the leak, from her motivation to what she knew about the leaked documents and to who else was involved. In painting her as a liar, the grand jury relied on testimony from Kane's senior appointees, whose accounts were at odds with hers.
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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 24, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
The concentrated heat radiating from your laptop. The sudden roar of the cooling fan from inside your desktop computer. Familiar signs of wasted energy, caused largely by the increasing numbers of transistors crammed into the innards of our electronic gadgets. As you reach once again for that charging cable, be aware that an amiable pair of University of Pennsylvania physicists may have hit on the beginnings of a solution: a new kind of material called topological insulators.
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