October 10, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has agreed to give Pennsylvania's Supreme Court chief justice the names of any judges or judicial employees who may have exchanged sexually explicit e-mails, her office said Wednesday. A technician from Kane's office is scheduled on Friday to show Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille copies of any messages sent from judicial e-mail accounts or judges' private accounts that turned up in Kane's internal review of employee e-mails, her spokeswoman said.
October 6, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has denied - at least for now - a request from the state's top jurist to share information on the sexually explicit e-mails her office says state employees exchanged over government computers. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille asked Kane last month to provide copies of any such messages that were sent or received by judges or employees of the state judiciary. Castille has said any judge who exchanged grossly pornographic material using court equipment might have violated the state's code of judicial ethics.
October 5, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Friday sought the resignation of a third state official - his appointee to the state Parole Board - amid disclosures that the man had participated in the exchange of pornography over state computers. But Randy Feathers said he would not step down from the $116,000-a-year job. In an interview, Feathers said he sent a letter to Corbett explaining his stance and a second to Attorney General Kathleen Kane asking for an independent forensic expert to review the sexually explicit messages that she says he received or forwarded.
October 2, 2014 |
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.
September 29, 2014 |
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.
September 28, 2014 |
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.
September 27, 2014 |
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.
September 26, 2014 |
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.
September 25, 2014 |
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.