Attorney General Kathleen Kane's trials keep her in the news: Newsmakers 2014

Category: In The News Published: Wednesday, 31 December 2014 Written by Admin

Editors note: PennLiveon Monday and Tuesdaywill spotlight four people selected as finalists for Newsmaker of the Year. Our choice of Newsmaker of the Year will be unveiled on PennLive Wednesday morning.

NEWSMAKER FINALISTS:

It was a trying year for Attorney General Kathleen Kane on a lot of levels, and most of the trials were at least indirectly brought on by her bitter and personal feuds with the career prosecutors who had made the OAG in their image under her Republican predecessors.

The infighting has led to bitter recriminations and the airing of intensely personal dirty laundry from Kanes partial reveal of years of porn-swapping within the officeto still-pending charges of professional misconduct.

Kane herself was subpoenaed to testify in November before a statewide investigative grand jury in Norristownreportedly looking into allegations that years-old grand jury material was improperly leaked to the press by people in her office last year.

That case is expected to reach a decision point soon.

Beyond that, the Attorney General has suffered the ignominy of seeing another prosecutor build cases off of a set of facts cash payments to public officials that Kane herself decided, in 2013, were not worth pursuing.

To date, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has charged three people in the corruption probe.

And Kane has suffered credibility hits with a string of misstatements about newly-discovered Jerry Sandusky victims (there werent); sworn statements alleging racial targeting in the sting probe (not produced); and child pornography in the OAG email caches(not substantiated).

Kane had little respite in her personal life, the most recent news a report Saturday that she was filing for divorce after 14 years of marriage.

In October, her state driver struck a parked car in the borough of Dunmore, relegating Kane to light duty for several weeksas she recovered from concussion-like symptoms.

To all that noise, 2014 ended with a state legislator vowing to open impeachment proceedings for Kanes decisions not to defend the states position in laws concerning same-sex marriage or exposing local gun laws to court challenges.

With so many unresolved issues swirling around her, it will be interesting to see what 2015 has in store for Pennsylvanias first Democrat and first elected female attorney general.

But Kane swears she in this for the long haul. At the Pennsylvania Society weekend in New York City earlier this month, she vowed that through it all,she expects to be seeking re-election in 2016.



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