Senior lawyers outline effect of AG's law license suspension

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 18, 2015 4:03 PM

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after a hearing Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg, Pa. Judge John Cleland order Kane to attend a closed-door hearing to be questioned under oath about any leaks by prosecutors or a judge of secret grand jury material from the child sexual abuse investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Senior lawyers under Attorney General Kathleen Kane say she hasn't inserted herself in legal decision-making since her law license suspension took effect a month ago, but they're voicing concerns her status could expose the office to attacks on the legality of its actions.

Kane's top deputy and the heads of her civil, criminal and public protection divisions told a Senate committee about procedures they've adopted to cope with what they describe as an unprecedented situation.

The Special Committee on Senate Address must report next week to the full Senate and could recommend her removal.

First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Beemer says he's worried a defendant could persuade a judge that Kane's status means criminal charges aren't valid.

The Supreme Court suspended Kane's law license as she fights criminal charges.

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