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Kane deputy says she lacked authority to order email probe

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 21, 2016 3:42 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A top state prosecutor is raising questions about Attorney General Kathleen Kane's hiring of outside lawyers to investigate a government email scandal, and says a judge is looking into whether secrecy laws were broken.

The revelations came in a letter released Thursday by a state senator.

In the five-page letter to Sen. Lisa Baker, First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Beemer says the October suspension of Kane's law license by the state Supreme Court should have prevented her from appointing a special prosecutor to lead the probe.

Beemer also says a judge is looking into whether giving emails to the outside lawyers broke secrecy laws.

A Kane spokesman says the attorney general believes she had the authority to appoint former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler to lead the team. Gansler told Baker no secrecy laws were broken.

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