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Veteran prosecutor succeeds convicted boss

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 17, 2016 7:11 PM
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(Harrisburg)_The veteran prosecutor who has assumed the duties of Pennsylvania's convicted ex-attorney general is a central figure in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby.

Bruce L. Castor Jr. took the oath Wednesday to become acting attorney general, five months after Kathleen Kane hired him.

Kane resigned Wednesday, following Monday's conviction on charges she abused the powers of the state's top law enforcement office by leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up.

Castor is a former two-term district attorney and commissioner in Montgomery County. He ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2004.

Castor declined to charge Cosby a decade ago when he investigated a former Temple University employee's claim the entertainer had molested her.

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