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Ex-aide poised to replace convicted AG Kathleen Kane

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 30, 2016 5:58 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Bruce Beemer. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Harrisburg)_Pennsylvania lawmakers speedily replaced the state's convicted ex-attorney general with her former top deputy.

Tuesday's Senate confirmation vote on Bruce Beemer was unanimous. Beemer was to be sworn in later Tuesday.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf nominated Beemer on Aug. 18 to head an office racked by infighting and scandal under Kathleen Kane.

Beemer told senators he hopes to restore a sense of honor and integrity to Pennsylvania's top law enforcement office.

Kane was convicted of leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up. She resigned Aug. 17 and faces prison time.

Kane promoted Beemer to the top lieutenant's job, but he later clashed publicly with her and provided testimony that helped prosecutors to convict her.

Beemer left his post last month to become Wolf's inspector general. He'll fill the remaining five months of Kane's term until a successor picked by voters is sworn in Jan. 17.

An earlier story is below.

(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are poised to replace the state's convicted ex-attorney general with her former top deputy.

Today's scheduled confirmation vote on Bruce Beemer comes nearly two weeks after Democratic Govenror Tom Wolf nominated him to head an office racked by infighting and scandal under Kathleen Kane.

She was convicted of leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up.

Kane resigned August 17 and faces prison time.

She promoted Beemer to the top lieutenant's job, but he later clashed publicly with her and provided testimony that helped prosecutors to convict her.

Beemer left his post last month to become Wolf's inspector general.

He'll fill the remaining five months of Kane's term until a successor picked by voters is sworn in January 17.

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