Atty. General-elect Kathleen Kane names deputies, vows to appoint Sandusky investigation team

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 10, 2013 3:36 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane is announcing the appointments of her top deputies, including an old friend who oversaw her transition team and several holdovers from the staff of departing Republican Attorney General Linda Kelly.


Kane, a Democrat who is to be sworn in to a four-year term Tuesday, says Philadelphia lawyer Adrian R. King Jr. will serve a first deputy attorney general. King, who has known Kane since law school, served as director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in the Rendell administration and oversaw Kane's transition team.

She named Linda Dale Hoffa, formerly in Governor Corbett's Office of General Counsel, as senior executive deputy attorney general.

Kane appointed Bruce Beemer, Kelly's chief of staff, to serve as her senior counsel.

She says she'll also appoint a special deputy attorney general to carry out the probe she promised into the state investigation that triggered the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Kane says the still-to-be-named deputy will work with an investigator and report directly to her.

Kane says she wants the public to have confidence that the investigation is not politically motivated. She campaigned on a pledge to investigate the handling of the nearly three-year probe that resulted in Sandusky's arrest, conviction, and imprisonment.

Corbett, a Republican and former attorney general, oversaw most of that investigation and has defended his actions in the case.

Kane is the first Democrat to be elected to the post of attorney general.

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