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Mon Sep 21, 2015, 06:29 PM

Kane's law license is suspended by state Supreme Court:

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state’s highest court on Monday ordered the suspension of the law license of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, a step that could set up a Senate vote to remove her as she faces criminal charges.

The unanimous order by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could also prompt a legal challenge from Ms. Kane, a first-term Democrat and the first woman to be Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor. In the meantime, the order has created the complication of leaving the state’s top law enforcement official, who is in charge of a 750-employee office and a $93 million budget, without the ability to act as a lawyer, at least temporarily.

In the order, the court said its action should not be construed as removing Ms. Kane from office. Her office said it was reviewing the decision and offered no immediate comment. Her personal lawyers had no immediate comment.

More at link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/us/kathleen-kane-pennsylvania-attorney-general-is-suspended-from-practicing-law.html

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Reply Kane's law license is suspended by state Supreme Court: (Original post)
femmocrat Sep 2015 OP
yeoman6987 Sep 2015 #1
Ford_Prefect Sep 2015 #2
femmocrat Sep 2015 #3
Divernan Sep 2015 #5
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Response to femmocrat (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 06:54 PM

1. Damn! Not only lose political job but also any

 

Law job in Pennsylvania. Ouch!

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Response to femmocrat (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 07:52 PM

2. Independent AG or Political Crony? Or some of both?

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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 21, 2015, 08:01 PM

3. She is a democrat in a mostly republican-controlled state.

We just recently elected a democratic governor, Tom Wolf, who has asked her to resign. The Montgomery Co. DA seems to be leading the charge against her. She made some powerful enemies (my guess) when she stuck her nose into the Sandusky matter and leaked pornographic emails of some Justice Dept. bigwigs.

Here is a pretty good summary-- There are a lot of details: http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-pa-kathleen-kane-porn-emails-released-20150826-story.html

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 22, 2015, 07:39 AM

5. Infighting in AG's office going back to 2009 - before Kane's time.

Your link spells it out. The 2 agents (Fina & Costanzo) claiming they were subject to intimidation (one of the charges against Kane) have a history of/long standing dispute with another agent (Miletto), i.e, departmental in-fighting going back to 2009, which evidenced itself yet again during Grand Jury hearings in an elevator snark session. That boils down to a "he said"/"he said" dispute. The far more serious charge against Kane is that she lied under oath, which goes to the underlying issues of first establishing there was a leak, and if so, by whom. All those matters can only be adjudicated at trial, where the defendant gets a full and fair opportunity to present evidence/defense. The burden in a criminal trial is to establish guilt beyond any reasonable doubt - a much higher burden of proof than in a civil trial.

By stripping her of her law license before any criminal conviction, the Supreme Court has truly denied her due process and the right to trial. I'm shocked by this. As your linked article also pointed out, actions by Kane's office led to one Supreme Court Justice resigning in disgrace.

Pennsylvania’s Seamus McCaffery steps down over involvement in growing email scandal that included ‘obscene video of woman in congress with a snake’
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/oct/27/pennsylvania-supreme-court-justice-seamus-mccaffery-pornography-email


Any lawyer will tell you, publicly criticize or challenge any judge, even mildly, at your own risk. Judges circle the wagons to protect their own, and they have long memories. They will get payback in future trials where that lawyer may come before them, as well as against other lawyers from the same firm as the critical lawyer.

I'm not claiming Kane is innocent of the charges brought against her, but there's a lot of politics involved in this case - and since Wolf has abandoned her (before any finding of guilt), she is on her own. It's very ugly.

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Mon Sep 21, 2015, 10:50 PM

4. This is a shame.

It feels like the Republicans are being quite vindictive to AG Kane. It's hard to know what the truth is.

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