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Smart Talk: Acting Attorney General Bruce Castor; Safeguards against cheating at ballot box

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 18, 2016 8:00 AM
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PA Acting Attorney General Bruce Castor/AP Photo Matt Rourke

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, August 18, 2016:

Pennsylvania new Acting Attorney General Bruce Castor Jr. appears on Thursday's Smart Talk in what is one his first broadcast interviews since taking office Wednesday.

Castor, who was the First Deputy Attorney General, took over for Kathleen Kane, who resigned her office Wednesday.  Kane was convicted by a Montgomery County jury Monday of charges related to leaking secret Grand Jury information to a newspaper and then lying about it under oath.

At a press conference earlier this week, Castor said he would make it a priority to restore public trust in the office and boost morale among prosecutors and agents in the state's top law enforcement office.

Castor is no stranger to controversy himself.  While serving as Montgomery County's District Attorney, he promised to not prosecute entertainer Bill Cosby for sexual assault saying the case couldn't be won and that he entered into a deal with Cosby so that Cosby would testify in the alleged victim's civil suit.  She has since sued Castor for defamation.

Also on Thursday's program -- Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump said in Altoona last week that the only way he would lose Pennsylvania is if cheating occurred on Election Day.

Elections officials throughout the state have responded by saying safeguards are in place to ensure cheating or fraud doesn't occur.

Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley and Dauphin County's Director of Elections and Voter Registration Jerry Feaser join us on Thursday's program to discuss elections there. 

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