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Go away, Kathleen, just go away

The Democrats’ one time “It Girl” has now acquired two letters before the “it.”

Chief justice: Kane’s suspended license no bar to staying in office

By Angela Couloumbis, Philadelphia Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau | Posted: September 30, 2015

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane can remain the state’s highest law enforcement official even with a suspended law license, Pennsylvania’s top jurist said Monday.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor said the high court’s decision to suspend Kane’s license “is in no way constitutionally disabling.” He said Kane remains a member of the bar in Pennsylvania – a requirement, under the state constitution, for anyone to be attorney general.

“An attorney who is the attorney general, and is suspended, is still a member of the bar of the Supreme Court, because the suspension is just temporary,” Saylor said during a speech at the monthly press club luncheon in Harrisburg. “That could be dealt with very quickly. . . . There could be a reinstatement, and a member could be again able to practice law.”

Saylor would not say whether he believed Kane should remain in office.

“I have absolutely no view on that,” he said. “I think that’s a purely personal matter.”

Saylor noted that the state constitution contains provisions for removing a public official from office. They include a never-used process in which an official may be removed by the governor “for reasonable cause,” after a hearing and a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Senate Republican leaders have said they are researching the option in Kane’s case.

Last week, the Supreme Court suspended Kane’s license as a result of the criminal charges she faces, reviving debate over whether she should resign.

Kane, 49, the state’s first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general, was charged last month with conspiracy, perjury, and other crimes, accused of leaking confidential grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News. She did so, prosecutors say, in an attempt to embarrass a former top prosecutor in her office with whom she was feuding.

She has pleaded not guilty and is fighting the charges. Kane has vowed to remain in office, although last week, she signaled for the first time that she might not be able to run for reelection next year with a suspended license.

There’s more at the original, which continues to note that there are some duties of her office she cannot perform without a valid law license, and thus must delegate to subordinates.

Glamor photo of Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D-PA) from The New York Times. Click to enlarge.

The First Street Journal has run several stories about the silliness of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, (D-PA), who squashed a sting and an investigation into bribery by some members of the Pennsylvania state legislature because, surprise! everyone caught has been a Democrat, an action so egregious that even the editors of The Philadelphia Inquirer complained. Then the lovely Mrs Kane started doing something really radical: she started breaking the law, and she was so stupid about it that she was quickly caught.

Mrs Kane, whom the Democrats initially wanted to challenge Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) in the 2016 election, decided instead that she would run for a second term that year. Pennsylvania law requires an Attorney General candidate to be a sitting member of the bar, something which she no longer is. We will be rid of this clown Attorney General in January of 2017, at the latest, but that is very much too late.
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