PA’s Kane May Name Ex-MD Counterpart Gansler To Probe “Porngate”

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will use the backdrop of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia today to announce special prosecutors to conduct a broader investigation into pornographic emails exchanged on government computers, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Kane is expected to announce a team of lawyers to review the email scandal known as Porngate, and detail the scope of the inquiry, as well as what powers the special prosecutors will have in pursuing any violations of “criminal, civil, or ethics laws.” Kane has been discussing the work with Douglas Gansler, the former attorney general of Maryland, who now is a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm.

Gansler was an unsuccessful candidate for Maryland governor last year, a race during which he faced questions after he failed to put a stop to apparent underage drinking at a beach party his teenage son was attending. He also was criticized for ordering his security detail to drive in an unsafe manner, as well as for controversial remarks he made about a political rival. Kane’s law license was suspended in September after she was criminally charged with leaking confidential information to a newspaper in a bid to embarrass a political enemy. Without an active law license, she is barred from making legal decisions, and critics have raised questions about her authority to appoint special prosecutors who will be looking for possible criminal violations. Kane denounced X-rated emails discovered last year that identified her office as a hub for swapping porn. Messages were traded among judges, prosecutors, and other law enforcement officials.

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