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October 4, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo and a top aide resigned Thursday over revelations that they were among dozens of state officials who sent or received pornographic e-mails over state computers. In a letter to Gov. Corbett, Abruzzo said he had not been able to review the explicit messages he allegedly sent or received, but said he accepted responsibility for "any lack of judgment" he may have exhibited. He added: "It is my concern that these assertions have become a distraction from the great record of this administration.
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October 2, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Responding to a request from Gov. Corbett, the state Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that it planned to give his administration copies this week of sexually explicit e-mails it says were exchanged among ranking state officials on state computers between 2008 and 2012. The pornographic content will be redacted, but any conversations between sender and recipient will not, said Renee Martin, spokeswoman for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. "It's voluminous," said Martin, "but we are working to get the information to the governor's office as quickly as we can. " The governor requested more detail from Kane last week after her representatives showed reporters dozens of images and videos they said had been sent over state computers by employees who worked for Corbett when he ran the office.
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September 29, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Insiders called it Kathleen G. Kane's "nuclear option. " Last week, the first-term attorney general dropped the political and governmental bombshell: She released dozens of pornographic and sexually explicit e-mails that she said were exchanged by top state officials over state computers and during work hours between 2008 and 2012. The recipients include scores of current or former state employees, though Kane's office released just eight names. Two are in Gov. Corbett's cabinet.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Corbett and the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have asked state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to turn over more names and details about the sexually explicit e-mails shared over state-owned computers by prominent commonwealth officials. Less than a day after Kane disclosed the names of eight officials - including two Corbett cabinet members - who she said received the pornography, the scandal was quickly spreading across state government. Corbett's administration sent a letter seeking complete copies of the e-mails.
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September 27, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - At least eight prominent state officials - including the head of the state police, Pennsylvania's top environmental regulator, and a former spokesman for Gov. Corbett - were among commonwealth employees who sent or received hundreds of sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages from state e-mail accounts between 2008 and 2012, according to documents made available Thursday by the state Attorney General's Office. Following a court battle and public record requests from The Inquirer and other news organizations, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office named the eight recipients and showed reporters some of the pornographic material it said traveled over state-owned computers during work hours.
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September 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
STANDING BEFORE U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez, former Municipal Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr., 61, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of mail fraud and one count of honest-services wire fraud. "Are you guilty of committing these crimes?" Sanchez asked. "Yes, your honor, I am," Waters responded. Yesterday's plea came on the heels of Waters' immediate voluntary resignation from the bench, which he submitted Tuesday. Waters had been under federal investigation for more than a year, and charges were brought yesterday in the form of a document called an information, as opposed to an indictment.
NEWS
September 25, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has launched an internal investigation into alleged sexually explicit e-mails sent and received on state computers, her office said Tuesday. The disclosure came in a letter denying an Inquirer request for the e-mails, which sources have said circulated among scores of state employees, including prominent officials. In the letter, the Attorney General's Office said it had decided that the material does not fall under the legal definition of a public record, and argued that any such e-mails would be exempt because they are part of an internal inquiry, and may be relevant "to the investigation of violations of agency policy and the appropriate use of agency equipment.
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane must decide whether to make public e-mails of current and former state employees - some sent over state-owned computers and accounts - that purportedly contain pornographic images, jokes, cartoons, and other private messages. A state judge lifted a stay Friday that prevented release of the material that Kane discovered during her review of her predecessors' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse case. Renee Martin, a spokeswoman for Kane, said Friday that the office was reviewing the order by Cambria County Court Judge Norman A. Krumenacker III and would decide soon.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - It could be a ticking time bomb - or one that is never detonated. Any day now, a state judge could lift an unusual stay he imposed late last month on state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office. The judge's order blocked her office from releasing e-mails of current and former state employees - some sent over state-owned computers and accounts - that purportedly contain pornographic images, jokes, cartoons, and other private messages. Many details about the e-mails are not publicly known: exactly who sent and received them, how often, and their contents.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Inquirer Staff Writer
PhillyNORML says it has started an e-mail campaign that is flooding Mayor Nutter's inbox with messages supporting a City Council-passed marijuana bill. The campaign aims to ratchet up the pressure on Nutter to sign into law a measure that would make possessing a small amount of pot punishable by only a $25 fine, with no arrest. And it's happening as increasing rhetoric over the bill flies at the mayor: Earlier this week, City Councilman James F. Kenney sent a letter to Nutter saying 264 citizens had reportedly been arrested since Council approved the bill on June 19, and arguing that "every day Mayor Nutter fails to act, more young people will be ... jailed for a minimal offense.
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