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Wed Jun 4, 2014, 08:48 AM

Judge approves Sandusky investigative report; Corbett to have chance to respond

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

HARRISBURG A judge overseeing the release of Attorney General Kathleen Kane's report on why the investigation of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky took almost three years on Tuesday approved that report, which now goes to Gov. Tom Corbett, the former attorney general, for a response. The report examines whether Corbett delayed the investigation for political reasons as he ran for governor in 2010.

Kane told the Tribune-Review on Monday that the report may be released this month. She hired Widener University Law School professor H. Geoffery Moulton to conduct the investigation as a special deputy paid $74 an hour.

Moulton is a former federal prosecutor who investigated the FBI's handling of the 1993 Waco Branch Davidian compound in which 76 people were killed.

The report, fulfilling a campaign promise for Kane, a Democrat, comes at a critical time for the Republican governor, who is trying to tie together a difficult state budget while facing a deficit exceeding $1.2 billion in an election year. He trails Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf in an early poll for the November election.

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Our female, Democatic state Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, continues to do an excellent job in office. Great timing on this, coming out just in time for campaign season - Corbett's running for re-election in November. Our Democratic candidate, Tom Wolf is ahead in the polls, 55% to 30%. Can't wait to get a Democratic governor back in Pennsylvania! And to see Corbett raked over the coals for covering up for Sandusky.

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Reply Judge approves Sandusky investigative report; Corbett to have chance to respond (Original post)
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Wed Jun 4, 2014, 09:07 AM

1. Kane hires investigator for $74/hr; Corbett pays $400 hour

It's interesting to note that AG Kane found a well-qualified, well-respected
former federal prosecutor to handle this investigation for a modest (in terms of what attorneys are paid) $74 an hour. As Governor, Corbett has his own in-house legal staff, who are evidently such incompetents, that Corbett is always going to private law firms to represent the state in Corbett's various lawsuits as governor. For example, back when Corbett was defending Pa's same sex marriage ban, instead of turning to one of his staff cronies/toadies, he hired multiple attorneys- paying lead counsel $400 an hour, and associates (plural) $325 an hour. Happily, Corbett's crack, highly paid legal team failed, and Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage was recently overturned.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's office announced on Thursday it has hired a lawyer from outside the government to lead his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal lawsuit.
The Office of General Counsel said West Chester lawyer Bill Lamb, a former state Supreme Court justice, was hired to be lead counsel at a rate of $400 an hour. His associates will be paid $325 an hour.

The federal case, filed two months ago, seeks to overturn the state's 1996 ban on gay marriage. It was brought by a group that includes the widow of a woman who died in May after they were legally married in Massachusetts, 10 couples and one of the couples' two teenage daughters.

The case is separate from a proceeding in Commonwealth Court involving the Department of Health attempting to stop a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from issuing gay marriage licenses.

Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state that has neither gay marriage nor a system of civil unions. Corbett has been handling the federal lawsuit since Kane said she views the state law as unconstitutional. He filed the Commonwealth Court litigation.

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Response to Divernan (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 4, 2014, 09:18 AM

2. And he dropped the appeal

So the gov paid all of this money to support the same-sex ban, lost on appeal, then finally acknowledged that the Commonwealth's ban was unconstitutional (and a waste of money, which Kane recognized). Now the right-wing are mad because he didn't continue the appeal. This guy is completely clueless. If the polls hold up then this is going to be a historic loss.

Don't celebrate too much. The Repubs will probably hold the legislature because of some nifty gerrymandering. To make this state Blue the Dems are going to have to gain and keep the legislature during redistricting in 2020.

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Wed Jun 4, 2014, 09:36 AM

3. Hopeful that Wolf's coat tails can turn the state senate blue.

Following the 2012 elections, the Senate consists of 27 Republicans and 23 Democrats;

If we Dems could pick up just THREE seats, we'd have a 26 - 24 majority, and there is some hope around the state that we could do that. As the Brits would say, still early innings - fingers crossed!


The Pennsylvania State Senate is one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. With vacant seats counting towards the party that previously held the seat, the Pennsylvania Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 16 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. In 2012, when the 25 odd-numbered districts were up for election, a total of three districts were competitive, with a margin of victory of 5 percent or less.

Although Pennsylvania has long been considered a two-party state, some media outlets believe that 2014 could see the state start down the path towards one-party domination.
While the Tea Party wave of support helped Republicans claim the governor's mansion and a majority in the house in 2010, 2012 saw the Democrats win their sixth straight presidential election dating back to 1988, the three statewide "row offices" (attorney general, auditor general and treasurer) for the first time ever and a decisive victory for U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. Republicans control the senate by a meager three votes, making this a chamber with a high probability to flip control to the Democrats. A potential lose of the governorship and the senate would reduce Republicans to minority status within Pennsylvania politics.[1]

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Wed Jun 4, 2014, 11:05 AM

4. Let's review. $74/hr and a win. $400/hr and a loss.


Those Republicans sure are fiscal conservatives. Also note, the loss by the very expensive attorneys was in a case where big government was intruding into private persons lives.

I love the smell of irony in the morning.

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