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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Kathleen Kane
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is challenging one of her harshest critics to prosecute a public corruption case that she decided to abandon over concerns it was poorly managed and might have targeted people because of their race.
Party leaders in the Pennsylvania House imposed a ban Wednesday on most types of cash gifts in response to recent allegations that some state representatives accepted cash from a confidential informant in a criminal investigation.
A Pittsburgh newspaper has filed a motion in Dauphin County Court that seeks to unseal secret court records that detail a controversial sting operation targeting state lawmakers.
Editorials from around Pennsylvania:
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is defending the handling of a Philadelphia public corruption investigation by fellow Democrat Kathleen Kane, the state's attorney general.
District Attorney Seth Williams is criticizing Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to scuttle a sting operation in which eight people - including four Democratic state lawmakers - were allegedly caught on recordings accepting money or gifts.
When a public official is caught on tape taking a bribe, it's usually only a matter of time before he can expected to be fitted in an orange jumpsuit. In one famous corruption sting that began in 1979, FBI agents pretended to be Middle Eastern sheiks handing out bribes to a United States senator, five members of the House and several members of the Philadelphia city council. With dramatic video footage, all were convicted.
The head of Common Cause Pennsylvania on Thursday renewed the organization's call for a ban on gifts to public officials, citing news reports that four state lawmakers were caught on tape accepting money from a confidential informant during a criminal investigation.
A watchdog group is calling for an independent-counsel probe after Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general dropped the prosecution of four Democratic legislators accused of taking bribes in exchange for votes.
A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:
About eight people accepted a total of more than $20,000 during an election law, bribery and ethics investigation aimed at black state lawmakers from Philadelphia that has since been abandoned by state prosecutors, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office said Monday.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Sunday defended her office's decision not to pursue criminal charges in an investigation into whether four Democratic state lawmakers from Philadelphia accepted illegal payments.
A newspaper says documents it has obtained show Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office has spent more than $96,000 in its review of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex investigation.
Pennsylvania's attorney general is encouraging people to contact her office if they have complaints about unexpected and dramatic increases in electricity bills.
Pennsylvania's attorney general won't appeal a recent ruling that clears a nurse of assisted-suicide charges in her elderly father's death.
"Because your office also has jurisdiction over this matter, and because both the prosecutors and the case agent who conducted the investigation now work for you, I again invite you to . . . bring whatever charges you believe to be appropriate," she wrote to Williams, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Kane wrote in a letter to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a fellow Democrat, that "any law enforcement agency interested in taking this case should do so," and invited him to accept the evidence from her office.