Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license has been temporarily suspended by the state supreme court. The justices announced the suspension yesterday, saying the order should not be construed as removing Kane from elected office, the Legal Intelligencer reports. She added that her office is reviewing emails in its system after a court hearing on a Right-to-Know Law request for pornographic, racist and religiously offensive emails exchanged by her staff members and other government officials.
Kane has said that criminal charges against her are the result of a scheme to keep the emails and the names of those who sent them from being released. The Pennsylvania Constitution says the attorney general must be a member of the bar of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “This is going to be the second shoe to drop to see exactly what that means with respect to her continuance in office,” said former Chief Justice Ronald Castille.