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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Comments: 5

  • 19shane img 2013-01-10 16:14

    How about we focus on a Corbett investigation?

    As Attorney General, Tom Corbett received over $647,000 in campaign contributions from members of the Second Mile Foundation, while only assigning one investigator to the case.

    Meanwhile, at the same time, he assigned 14 investigators to Bill Deweese and spent more than 5 years trying to get him.

    It is difficult to believe these campaign contributions did not improperly influence his decision to not file charges against Jerry Sandusky.

    The state police trooper who initially handled the Clinton County case against Jerry Sandusky believed there was enough evidence from a teenage boy -- known as Victim One-- to charge Sandusky with indecent assault.

  • peganjax img 2013-01-28 17:31

    Will she address what has happened to the Milton Hershey School over the years, with its original mission sacrificed to channeling far too much of the trust's income into political purposes unrelated to the school, and the school's wonderful original facilities serving the underprivileged children who were the objects of Milton Hershey's generosity, trimmed way down in the service of non-school-related ventures? (According to an article in a recent issue of The Nation about the Hershey trust, the paring down of original services has apparently even led to a number of cases of child abuse.)

  • heartfeltpro img 2013-01-31 19:20

    We were all waiting for you...Yes you Kathleen. Why?

    Because your campaign ad gave us hope in fighting JUDICIAL CORRUPTION.

    I sent you a letter on January 17th, 2013.

    You can view my personal video here.

    Go to to hear how the corrupt judges and lawyers have ruined so many lives.

    Kathleen, you are in the position to do something about this.

    We are hoping to see you in DC.

    Paula Lombardi

  • 19shane img 2013-02-04 14:31

    Student debt is stunting the growth of the economy. Student loans have increased by 500% over past decade. As the next generation graduates from college, they are plagued by insurmountable debt that places demands on their income, limiting their ability to spend their earnings in ways that stimulate the economy.

  • MMM img 2013-02-15 11:19

    Thank you, Kathleen Kane, for standing up TO the governor, and FOR the citizens of PA. Now, please educate everyone re the privatization of the liquor business, especially informing everyone about what changes to the beer distribution will cause. We do not want to have every corner store selling beer, even in so called 'dry' communities.

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