kathleen kane mugshotPaul Gordon Collier- The embattled PA Attorney General is facing an ever-increasing pressure to step down from her position after she has been indicted for lying under oath during a Grand Jury testimony.  The possibility of more charges being filed has been left open by the Montgomery County Prosecutor that indicted her.

Now, the pressure is ratcheting up with a disciplinary board for lawyers meeting to decide whether to suspend Kane’s Law License, the first step to removing it altogether.  The story came from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which cites a source from within the board who stated that the Disciplinary Board of the State Supreme Court is seeking an emergency suspension of Kane’s law license.

When Kane was questioned about the matter, she responded that she was unable to respond as “anything I say can be held against me.”

For the record, her office is offering neither confirmation nor denial of the report that came out this past Friday, August 28th.  Kane has an option to respond within 10 days to the board’s case for suspension.  While the board may apply for an emergency suspension, the process of removing a law license altogether promises to be a long, legal battle.

The PA Supreme Court spokesman, Jim Kovel, would also offer neither confirmation nor denial of the report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The PA Attorney General will be arraigned on October 14th, in Montgomery County Court, where she will face charges of lying under oath in relation to an allegation she leaked grand jury information in an attempt to discredit political opponents.  The Montgomery County Attorney General is still investigating whether Kane should be charged with leaking grand jury evidence.

Kane was arraigned on August 8th on perjury charges.  She did not enter a plea at the time.  Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Reba set an unsecured bail of $10,000 for Kane, who met bail and was not remanded to penal authorities.

Two weeks ago, a PA Republican caucus met to discuss the possibilities of starting impeachment proceedings against the PA Attorney General.  Over 20 House Republicans filed an impeachment resolution on August 14th against Kane.  Governor Wolf’s office has indicated that while he has called on Kane to resign, he has no plans to initiate impeachment proceedings from his office.

 

 

 
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