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August 14, 2015
THERE WAS high drama and porn talk, but no money shot. Instead, Kathleen Kane teased. In her first public statement since being criminally charged a week ago, the Democratic attorney general replayed the porn card, in fact doubled down. Why not? How do you not get attention with porn? She said the porn scandal she exposed last year that swallowed the jobs of several state officials and a state Supreme Court justice (Seamus McCaffery) is the sole source of her legal woes.
NEWS
January 15, 2015
IN THE EXTRAORDINARY, still-unfolding saga of Kathleen Kane, the question, of course, is what comes next? You know what's come so far. There was the rapid rise of a former assistant district attorney from Scranton to the top law-enforcement post in Pennsylvania followed by mention of higher office, including governor, senator and even president. Then a precipitous plunge marked by misstatements, a sting case she didn't pursue and now possibly facing charges for alleged grand-jury leaks about a case from 2009.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
GROWING UP, I was taught that some things were non-negotiable: Mass was one. The 10 p.m. summer curfew was another. Making the bed, kissing the over-perfumed relatives without a grimace and Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights were still others. But the thing that sticks out in my mind like the brightest star in a constellation, the single most important lesson taught to me by a father who seemed to sense his time was limited so he had to rush, was the absolute and uncompromising mandate that his children be honorable.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT LOOKS AS if Kathleen Kane's tenure as Pennsylvania's attorney general is about to reach a new low. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is expected to file criminal charges against Kane today in connection with a bizarre grand-jury investigation, a source familiar with the case said last night. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported word of the impending charges yesterday afternoon. Kane's spokesman, Chuck Ardo, told the newspaper that Kane would comment if and when Ferman announced the charges.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
THE RACE TO BE the state's next attorney general has focused in the last week on Democrat Kathleen Kane 's record in prosecuting rape cases when she was an assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County. Now a legal battle is shaping up there, as a political-opposition researcher has asked a judge to unseal court records in 93 rape cases. Researcher John Galvin , of Akron, Ohio, wants to examine the records, apparently sealed because they involve juvenile victims, to see if Kane played any role in those cases.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania attorney general came to the defense of an unlikely target Tuesday - her opponent. Responding to a TV ad attacking Republican David Freed's record on public-corruption cases, Democrat Kathleen Kane termed the ad "misleading" and called on the super PAC behind it to pull it off the air. Her plea for accuracy in advertising is the latest twist in a race that has attracted more than $1 million in spending...
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August 10, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Kathleen Kane sowed the seeds of her undoing during her seemingly flawless first year in office. That was the year the Democratic attorney general, newly elected in a landslide, won national attention for stands in favor of gun control and marriage equality. MSNBC host Chris Matthews even suggested she was presidential material. But it was also the year she secretly shut down an undercover sting operation she inherited from her Republican predecessors. Though the investigation had caught Democratic elected officials in Philadelphia pocketing cash and jewelry, Kane, in 2013, declined to press charges, saying the case was badly flawed and possibly tainted by racial targeting.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Last year, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office dropped subpoenas on dozens of nursing homes statewide, demanding facts about their staffing - an opening salvo in a probe that could force the homes to pay big fines. The office says the process will improve conditions and pay off for the state's elderly. Someone else could benefit, too - the Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll law firm. The Washington firm stands to pocket up to $21 million of the first $100 million of any fines extracted by state prosecutors.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
At 12:53 a.m. on March 24, 2014, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's top aide shot her an e-mail with a stern warning: Divulging information about a secret criminal investigation could break the law. Kane did it anyway, a grand jury found. And when she was later questioned under oath, Kane gave a false account - even saying the very same aide had endorsed the leak, the panel found. According to several sources familiar with the grand jury's work, these findings are at the heart of its call for criminal charges against Kane.
NEWS
August 14, 2015
U.S. REP. CHAKA Fattah , indicted two weeks ago for racketeering, bribery and a whole bunch of other things that members of Congress probably aren't supposed to do, may already have a Democratic challenger in the 2016 primary. Some political observers - yeah, we're looking at you , Philly Mag - have speculated that it's unlikely that a serious Democrat would challenge Fattah if he refuses to step down, which currently is his plan. Maybe they are right. Party leaders - Ed Rendell , Mayor Nutter , Bob Brady , even Nancy Pelosi - have all expressed plenty of sadness that this whole ordeal is happening to Fattah, but not much concern about the corruption allegations contained in the 29-count indictment.
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August 28, 2015 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
WHY IS Pennsylvania so corrupt? It's a question that you hear over and over, right after the latest headline about the Kathleen Kane soap opera, or the latest court appearance by indicted longtime U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, or the stunning case against ex-state treasurer Rob McCord, or the plethora of convictions or allegations against state legislators from Bill DeWeese and John Perzel to Ron "Happy Birthday to Ron Waters" Waters. There's a lot more where that came from, but there's only so many hours in the day, right?
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A longtime Harrisburg activist filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, contending that she has used state resources to aid her private defense against criminal charges. In his complaint, Gene Stilp asks the state Ethics Commission to investigate whether Kane has used state "personnel, property and services for personal benefit. " Among other examples, Stilp cited Kane's use last week of the Media Center in the Capitol - a popular space for elected officials to hold news conferences - to deliver a statement about the criminal case against her. Kane was charged by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman this month with leaking secret information to embarrass a political foe, and then lying about it under oath.
NEWS
August 18, 2015
LET'S AGREE OUR state attorney general isn't in a good place. But what if her reaction to her troubles isn't as nutty as it seems? What if there's a plan? For example: Kathleen Kane is a confirmed speaker at the Penn Ag Democrats summer picnic Wednesday afternoon in Pine Grove Mills, Centre County. It's chicken barbecue, $25. The Centre Daily Times quotes Penn Ag Dems' officer Peggy Lucas saying, "We encourage candidates to develop thoughtful policies to improve the quality of life for all rural Pennsylvanians.
NEWS
August 14, 2015
THERE WAS high drama and porn talk, but no money shot. Instead, Kathleen Kane teased. In her first public statement since being criminally charged a week ago, the Democratic attorney general replayed the porn card, in fact doubled down. Why not? How do you not get attention with porn? She said the porn scandal she exposed last year that swallowed the jobs of several state officials and a state Supreme Court justice (Seamus McCaffery) is the sole source of her legal woes.
NEWS
August 14, 2015
U.S. REP. CHAKA Fattah , indicted two weeks ago for racketeering, bribery and a whole bunch of other things that members of Congress probably aren't supposed to do, may already have a Democratic challenger in the 2016 primary. Some political observers - yeah, we're looking at you , Philly Mag - have speculated that it's unlikely that a serious Democrat would challenge Fattah if he refuses to step down, which currently is his plan. Maybe they are right. Party leaders - Ed Rendell , Mayor Nutter , Bob Brady , even Nancy Pelosi - have all expressed plenty of sadness that this whole ordeal is happening to Fattah, but not much concern about the corruption allegations contained in the 29-count indictment.
NEWS
August 14, 2015
WHEN DONALD Trump suggested that Fox anchor Megyn Kelly was lobbing unpleasant questions at him during the GOP debate last week because she was bleeding from "wherever," women "wherever" groaned in unison. Not again, we said, more in annoyance than anger. It's the same reaction every caveman since Fred Flintstone has exhibited whenever Wilma crosses the imaginary line. It's the sound of Jackie Gleason saying "To the moon, Alice!" or Archie Bunker screaming "Geez, Edith!" It's stupid, lazy and sometimes misogynistic.
NEWS
August 13, 2015
WITH KATHLEEN Kane today expected to start a public defense against criminal charges threatening her career, the political waters she's sinking in are bobbing with names of possible successors. It's looking like a bipartisan, multicandidate flotilla. That's because Kane's route to rehab is akin to Captain Ahab's course: Thar she blows, but with what success? Kane scheduled a meet-the-press in Harrisburg this afternoon to read a statement, take questions and, presumably, reassert her intent to stay in office.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Int. Kathleen Kane's Scranton home office. March 2014. Across a large desk, lies a newspaper: "KANE SHUT DOWN STING THAT SNARED CITY POLS," the Inquirer headline blares. Enter political operative. Political operative (pleading): "Kathleen, don't make a mountain of a molehill. You're a star. Put your head down; take the hit. Two weeks, it's all a memory. " Camera zooms in. Kane (pounding the desk): "This is war. " Opening credits roll: Kane's War. Forgive my descent into B-movie script writing, but that's how the details of this Kathleen Kane saga read.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Kathleen Kane sowed the seeds of her undoing during her seemingly flawless first year in office. That was the year the Democratic attorney general, newly elected in a landslide, won national attention for stands in favor of gun control and marriage equality. MSNBC host Chris Matthews even suggested she was presidential material. But it was also the year she secretly shut down an undercover sting operation she inherited from her Republican predecessors. Though the investigation had caught Democratic elected officials in Philadelphia pocketing cash and jewelry, Kane, in 2013, declined to press charges, saying the case was badly flawed and possibly tainted by racial targeting.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT LOOKS AS if Kathleen Kane's tenure as Pennsylvania's attorney general is about to reach a new low. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is expected to file criminal charges against Kane today in connection with a bizarre grand-jury investigation, a source familiar with the case said last night. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported word of the impending charges yesterday afternoon. Kane's spokesman, Chuck Ardo, told the newspaper that Kane would comment if and when Ferman announced the charges.
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