Kathleen Kane is still a lawyer (barely) and state attorney general, but she’s on a path that will likely strip her of both titles.
The state Supreme Court voted 5-0 Monday to temporarily suspend Ms. Kane’s law license based on charges that she leaked secret grand jury information to damage political enemies and lied about it under oath. State law requires the attorney general to be a member of the Pennsylvania bar, but the few available remedies — including impeachment — are politically unattractive and preternaturally complicated.
The Supreme Court lacks the jurisdiction to remove Ms. Kane from office. Insisting she has done nothing illegal, she refuses to resign.
The latest development in this sordid saga is Ms. Kane changing an unbelievable story — that she authorized the leak of information, but that it contained no confidential information — to an absurd reversal — that the information contained confidential information, but she didn’t authorize its release.
Times-Tribune staff writer Terrie Morgan-Besecker has the story here. I urge Ms. Kane’s few remaining supporters read it and the Office of Disciplinary Council document attached to the story Terrie co-wrote with Harrisburg Bureau Chief Robert Swift. Have bottles of Advil and Jameson handy.
Ms. Kane now claims that ex-John Gotti attorney Gerald Shargel and globally famous lawyer Lanny J. Davis — who helped Bill Clinton navigate his impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky scandal — were “incorrect” in basic legal filings and public statements when they said Ms. Kane admitted to authorizing the leak.
We are now expected to believe that a pair of world-class lawyers got wrong Ms. Kane’s response to the key evidence against her, and that Ms. Kane — a lawyer fighting for her professional life and probably her freedom — for months never once thought to correct the record until faced with suspension of her law license.
That’s not just absurd, but insulting to the taxpayers Ms. Kane was elected to serve. She is innocent until proven guilty, but it seems like every time the attorney general opens her mouth, she erases a little more reasonable doubt.