1:30 PM. Is anybody covering it? – Because it should be epic.
SCRANTON — Pennsylvania’s embattled attorney general summoned reporters to Scranton for an announcement about the future of her office on Tuesday, hours before a deadline to submit signatures to make the primary ballot.
[UPDATE: Annnnnnd she’s out. Kathleen Kane will not run for re-election.]
An effort by Senate Republicans to oust embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane [DEMOCRAT] through a little-used provision of the state Constitution fell short this afternoon, with supporters of removal winning a majority of senators but not the two-thirds needed.
Ms. Kane, who has been charged with perjury and other crimes, faces a second legislative initiative on the question of removing her from office. As the Senate debated this afternoon, the House by a vote of 170-12 adopted a resolution authorizing a committee to investigate her conduct and determine if she “is liable to impeachment.”
Oh, man, it’s a real shame that we can’t immediately have this woman removed from office before the April 26th primary in Pennsylvania. Nope. Can’t do it, more’s the pity. Guess we’re going to have to wait until the middle of election season before the actual impeachment. Golly gee, isn’t that just awful?
Found here. Short version… wow. The woman’s been indicted and disbarred, and she’s STILL leading the pack in the Democratic primary for PA Attorney General. God loves me… well, He loves everybody, of course. But this is awesome.
So if there’s one question that’s come up again and again in the tangled legal surrounding Attorney General Kathleen Kane, it’s this one: Exactly how much lawyering can one do when the state Supreme Court has suspended your license to practice law?
The basic problem for Kathleen Kane here is that right now she can’t actually say anything (including press releases) that implies that she’s a lawyer. Largely because, according to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she’s not actually one. So now she’s being forced to write out all of her press releases as being from “Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s office.” Which is clumsy, sure – but so is stubbornly refusing to resign after you get caught abusing your power. Oops, did I write that out? I must be part of the conspiracy, then.
Can a state Attorney General even do her JOB if her law license is suspended? I suppose that there’s some way to do it – it’s an elected office, in Kathleen Kane’s case – but as a practical matter it seems a bit, well, odd to contemplate. Guess we’re about to find out: “The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has suspended the law license of the Democratic state attorney general Kathleen Kane, who is currently faces eight criminal charges and could see another felony tacked on shortly.”
AG Kane, by the way, refuses to resign and is insisting that she’ll be running for re-election next year. This would be great news, except that the odds of her surviving the Democratic primary at this point are nil. Of course, her antics will still be great for crushing the dreams of the eventual Democratic nominee anyway, so it’s a glass half-full, glass half-empty kind of situation, really.
That was a fascinating press conference that embattled Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane had there, yesterday.
You see, everybody who showed up for this press conference thought, rather naively, that AG Kane would be addressing her being charged with “conspiracy, obstruction, oppression, perjury and false swearing” with regard to her involvement in the leak of a 2009 AG probe of a Philadelphia NAACP official. Instead, she decided to make a no-questions-taken, thirteen minute statement where a sitting state Attorney General repeatedly insisted that all of the allegations were due to a conspiracy against her designed to keep AG Kane from ferreting out the truth behind a nefarious, wicked, and NSFW email chain cabal. She then politely begged her children to stand by her and left the room without taking a question.
The investigation into alleged leaks of confidential information by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was conducted legally and should be allowed to proceed, the judge who oversaw the case argued in legal papers Wednesday.
“The truth is crying to be heard,” Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter wrote of the case against Kane.
Carpenter’s filing comes as Kane is asking the state Supreme Court to throw out criminal charges that a statewide grand jury recommended against her late last year. Kane is contending that Carpenter overstepped his authority last summer when he named a special prosecutor to investigate her office for the alleged leak.