APNewsBreak: Kane Says Suspension May Stop Re-Election Run

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APNewsBreak: Kane Says Suspension May Stop Re-election Run.

HARRISBURG, Pa. FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.The office of Pennsylvania’s attorney general is trying to figure out how to comply with a state Supreme Court order to suspend her law license after criminal charges were filed against her.

With this stroke of desperation, the Kane saga is moving squarely into “Ally McBeal” territory — you know, the old legal sitcom that mixed equal parts jurisprudence and fantasy. — The state’s highest courtroom on Monday ordered the short-term suspension of Lawyer Basic Kathleen Kane’s regulation license, a step that would set off a Senate vote to take away her as she faces legal expenses.

The court notified Kathleen Kane on Tuesday that her suspension will take effect October. 21, creating the unprecedented situation of leaving the state’s top law enforcement official without the ability to act as a lawyer, but still in charge of the 750-employee office. The unanimous order by the Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom’s 5 justices additionally might immediate a authorized problem from the first-term Democrat, who can also be the primary lady to carry the place of Pennsylvania’s prime prosecutor. The suspension stems from a grand jury investigation that resulted in Kane’s arrest in August on charges that she disclosed grand jury materials and then committed perjury by lying about it under oath. “You have to understand that this is completely uncharted territory and for that reason there are a huge number of questions that have to be resolved”, added Bruce Antkowiak, law professor at St. The high court placed her on temporary suspension Monday as she fights criminal allegations she leaked secret grand jury information and then lied about it. The state constitution requires the attorney general to be a member of the Pennsylvania bar, but experts are divided about how that applies in the case of Kane’s suspension.

Kane’s legal problems are well known: She faces criminal charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly leaking grand jury testimony to a Philadelphia newspaper, in an attempt to get back at prosecutors she believed were out to discredit her. She said he would continue the work of her office, including rooting out “the culture of misogyny and racially/religiously offensive behavior that has permeated law enforcement and members of the judiciary in this Commonwealth for years”. Recall that Kane declined to prosecute several Democratic state legislators who had been caught taking bribes in a sting — and were convicted after the case was transferred to the Philadelphia district attorney.

Kane’s handling of other affairs has drawn criticism — including the porn scandal she’s now pushing back to center stage, after trying to keep troves of previously unreleased emails under wraps, fighting off dozens of right-to-know requests. Her legal professionals have argued that suspending her license whereas she is contesting the allegations would circumvent specific constitutional provisions for eradicating her from workplace and violate her proper to due means of regulation. Her earlier exposure of sexually graphic, racist and misogynist emails resulted in the firings or resignations of several state employees, and the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery. Common sense would tell us that a city that has about 15,000 children under age 18 and about 12,000 people over age 65 out of a total population of about 75,000 cannot sustain huge pay and benefit packages for our teachers. Also, because the average Scranton teacher salary — about $58,900 — is substantially more than Scranton’s average household income — about $38,400 — the school board is using common sense when it says there should be no raises in the next contract.

In the coming weeks, we may be awash in new dirty emails — a development that Kane has alternately attempted to block (because she misunderstood her own authority to release the records) and to enable, in a supposed defense against an “old-boy” political network. As an alternative, they’ve argued, she solely approved the discharge of data “referring to a sample of unjustifiable selective prosecution or nonprosecution” underneath her predecessors. The scandal here is an attorney general collecting her $158,000 salary and pushing on while under criminal indictment, minus a license to practice law. The taxpayers should offer a basic package for employees only and the teachers can choose to pay for any additional coverage for themselves and their families. Where Kane sees only her victimization, cooler heads in the governor’s office and the Legislature should see a constitutional crisis, and act to end it.

Editor: I sat in awe watching the Republican presidential debate last week because the candidates repeatedly told voters outright lies and other abominable things that justify and legitimize hate. People actually believe him when he says everything will be “huge” and “tremendous.” Where are the decent Republicans or the news media to repudiate bold-faced lies being debated on TV and in the Sunday political shows? When a Republican candidate says Muslims can’t be trusted to be president and another does not challenge an assertion that the current president is a Muslim, why do others remain silent?

Why the silence when Trump calls Mexican immigrants “rapists” and criminals who should be rounded up and “expelled?” Why are they silent when Republican candidates say women, even victims of rape or incest, should not be allowed to terminate their pregnancies? While author John Messeder correctly point outs specific instances where water resources have been impaired by oil and natural gas development, the article does not place these spills into a broader context. According to the EPA report, “The number of identified cases where drinking water resources were impacted are small relative to the number of hydraulically fractured wells.” It’s important for state agencies to hold companies accountable when their actions result in pollution.

With ever-increasing oil production, this creates a glut in the market that halts job creation, economic growth and the potential for lower gas prices. In short, this policy forces American energy companies, who otherwise compete on an international market, to fight with both hands tied behind their back.

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