- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor said Wednesday her office’s review of how the Jerry Sandusky criminal case was handled has gone slower than anticipated because of a time-consuming process to retrieve internal emails that were once thought to have been permanently deleted.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a written statement that another factor has been a desire to offer people who will be discussed in the report a chance to respond.

“Due process and fairness require that certain individuals discussed in the report be afforded the opportunity to review and comment on those aspects of the report that pertain to them,” Kane wrote.

Kane launched the investigation a year ago, shortly after taking office as the state’s first elected Democratic attorney general. The investigation is being led by lawyer Geoffrey Moulton Jr.

Kane said her office also needs approval from a judge to release information that pertains to previously undisclosed grand jury matters.

She said more information will be disclosed in the report about the emails, which were believed to have been permanently removed from the office’s storage system in accordance with a record-retention policy that was in place at the time. A way to retrieve those emails was developed last fall, she said.

Some have criticized the investigation of Sandusky, which began under then-Attorney General Tom Corbett, because of the length of time between when he became a suspect and when charges were filed.

Corbett, a Republican and now a first-term governor in the midst of a re-election campaign, has defended the process, saying investigators needed to build a case and that the process resulted in a conviction.

Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He maintains his innocence and has asked the state Supreme Court to take up his appeal.

Kane’s release offered no timeline about when Moulton’s report will be complete. She said she does not plan to make further comment on the topic until then.

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