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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Kane pressed on timeline of Sandusky case review

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Feb 11, 2014 6:28 PM
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State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being pressed for answers on when she'll wrap up an investigation of the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester.

The internal review began a year ago when Kane hired an outside deputy attorney general, Geoff Moulton, to helm the investigation. Kane told the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday that releasing findings will take more time, since document recovery and scheduling interviews have slowed down the review.

"We don't have subpoena power, so we have to request people to speak with us and if they don't, they don't, that's up to them," Kane said. "We have to reach them on their own terms and on their own schedule." Her spokesman said only criminal and grand jury investigations endow law enforcement with subpoena power. The internal review of the Sandusky case is an administrative matter.

Kane campaigned on a promise to look into the Sandusky case to find out if it was slowed down for political reasons under then-Attorney General Tom Corbett before he was governor.

In a statement last week, she offered a list of complications slowing her own investigation. Still, Sen. John Gordner (R-Northumberland) pressed for a timeline.

"You expect something before October?" Gordner asked.

"Oh, I certainly hope so, yes," said Kane.

Gov. Corbett faces a general election in November.

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