Attorney General Kane: “I am innocent of any wrongdoing”

Attorney General Kane: “I am innocent of any wrongdoing”

Embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in a prepared and read statement to the press Wednesday, reasserted her innocence of charges brought against her last week by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman while also redirecting the narrative in the saga which ultimately led to the charges.

“I am innocent of any wrongdoing,” she said Wednesday afternoon to a packed Capitol Media Center. “I neither conspired with anyone nor did I ask or direct anyone to do anything improper or unlawful.”

She went on to say, “I broke no laws of the Commonwealth. Period.”

According to Attorney General Kane, the story being told that led to her charges—one where she leaked confidential grand jury information to the press and then lied about it under oath—“is as incomplete as it is inaccurate.”

Wednesday, August 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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DEP releases revisions to draft controversial oil and gas regulations

DEP releases revisions to draft controversial oil and gas regulations

Wednesday morning, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has released its latest draft revisions to the Chapter 78 oil and gas regulations.

The updates to the regulations have been controversial due to concerns over process and substance.

According to the department, the revised draft regulations represent the work of one of the largest public input undertakings in the history of DEP with 30,000 comments received and 12 public hearings held over two different comment periods.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Supreme Court takes case over Philadelphia teachers’ union cancelled collective bargaining agreement

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday granted an appeal by the School Reform Commission and School District of Philadelphia of a Commonwealth Court holding allowing an injunction to remain in place over the SRC’s and district’s nullification of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ collective bargaining agreement.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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The impeachment of Justice Rolf Larsen

With impeachment threats levied at Attorney General Kathleen Kane, The PLS Reporter takes a look at the last impeachment of a state official in Pennsylvania: the impeachment of Justice Rolf Larsen.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Majority Leader opens door to Kane impeachment

House Majority Leader opens door to Kane impeachment

A statement released Friday by House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) calling for Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign left open the possibility of impeachment of the state’s top law enforcement officer if she refuses to step aside.

“It is time Attorney General Kane puts the interests of the people of Pennsylvania before her own. It is time for Ms. Kane to step aside," Rep. Reed said in Friday's news release. “We will be closely monitoring the case as it moves through the courts and weighing our options as a legislative body if there is no other action taken to remove her from office.”

He argued the gravity of the charges brought against Kane—which include obstruction of law, perjury, and official oppression—cannot be understated.

“The multiple allegations of misusing the office – which is directly related to the performance of her duties as Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement officer – raise serious concerns about her ability to continue to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth, and make it virtually impossible for her to function in her current position," he said.

Friday, August 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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