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New federal charges filed against Kathleen Kane

Many readers are familiar with the legal challenges facing Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. She is already facing federal charges of obstruction, perjury and additional crimes in connection with the disclosure of information deemed confidential. In a new case filed this week, several former employees claim that Kane intentionally abused the powers of her office. These new allegations could serve to further complicate her recent legal challenges.

In the new lawsuit, five former employees assert that Kane made use of the resources of the Attorney General's office to lash out at the men. The lawsuit goes on to say that she released sexually explicit email messages in an attempt to discredit the former employees and to ruin their lives. According to the suit, these actions are a continuation of a pattern of abuse of power that has been in place since Kane assumed her current office.

Kathleen Kane has had her law license suspended. A Senate committee is now looking into whether she is able to fulfill the duties of her office without a valid license to practice law. If the Senate deems such action appropriate, the Attorney General can be removed from office by way of a joint effort of the Senate and the state's governor.

The new case against Kathleen Kane makes repeated references to the federal charges that are currently underway in Pennsylvania. As these matters progress, more information may become available. For now, Kane continues to assert that she is innocent of the charges against her and that the entire matter is an effort by individuals who wish to conceal the exchange of pornographic email messages.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Ex-employees of AG sue Kane, cite abuse of power", Karen Langley, Nov. 12, 2015

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