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BREAKING: PA Supreme Court Suspends Kane’s Law License

KaneThe State Supreme Court has suspended Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license.

The suspension is temporary but it does raise questions about whether it makes Kane ineligible for her office.

Article IV, Section 5 of the Pennsylvania Constitution states that: “No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General except a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.”

Nevertheless the Court made sure to note in its short opinion that it was not removing Kane from office.

The full order is presented below:


AND NOW, this 21st day of September, 2015, upon consideration of the responses to a Rule to Show Cause why Kathleen Granahan Kane should not be placed on temporary suspension, the Rule is made absolute; Respondent Kathleen Granahan Kane is placed on temporary suspension; and, to the extent applicable, she shall comply with all the provisions of Pa.R.D.E. 217.

Respondent’s rights to petition for dissolution or amendment of this order pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 208(f)(4), and to request accelerated disposition of charges underlying this order pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 208(f)(6), are specifically preserved.

This order should not be construed as removing Respondent from elected office and is limited to the temporary suspension of her license to practice law.

UPDATE: The Attorney General’s office released the following statement:

While I am disappointed in the court’s action I am grateful that the court recognized my constitutional rights both as a democratically elected official and as a citizen of the Commonwealth. The court, in specifically recognizing my continuing authority as Attorney General of the Commonwealth, today allows me to continue the good works of this office: work which has transformed our war on sex crimes and fraud; work which will also root out the culture of misogyny and racially/religiously offensive behavior that has permeated law enforcement and members of the judiciary in this Commonwealth for years.

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  2. This decision really raises questions about the PA Supreme Court’s own ethics. It took years of complaints against Ciavarella to get anyone, including the Supreme Court, to discipline him for trading kids for cash. The attorneys involved in the Harrisburg/Reed indictments have not been disciplined, but with no findings yet against Kane, they can suspend her? It’s one thing to suspect your legal system is corrupt, its another to know it.

  3. I thing the AG should open a kosher deli in Harrisburg. She’ll have no competition and Kane Trucking can truck in fresh white fish from New York.

  4. Willam Ryan ordered the destruction of 20,000,000 emails located witin the Office of the Attorney General. One could argue they contained evidence. Does he meet the threshhold for the Supremes to suspend his law license?

    As Chairman of the PA Gaming Control Board, should he be restricted from legal work?

  5. Eventually, Kalamity Kane will resign or be dragged out by actual officials. She’s a Katastrophe. An embarrassment. A failure

  6. @ HaHaHa aka Busta aka where is Kanes driver:

    Such is the fate of the truth-teller…but note that everything anticipated in all prior notes is transpiring [in stark contrast with the postings you have made–regardless of the appellation you have invoked–along with DD].

  7. [from prior page, due to absence of response from AG-Kane’s supporters]:

    @ DD & HHH:

    Y’all may wish to consult-backwards on this website, starting with the following…
    …and then to prepare your serially-delayed mea-culpa document.

    All your cites of FF, et al. are moot, all your machinations about the political process have been finessed [including questioning the motives of DA-Risa], all your tangential impugning of the TEA [“taxed enough already”] Party Movement reflecting your debased intellectual-bankruptcy have properly been ignored, and all your defamatory rhetoric [directed @ those against whom you manufacture hatred based on apocryphal conjurings] has been dismissed as having emanated from ravings by people who consider posting their random thoughts as “sport.”

    Anyone wish to render a prognostication as to whether she’s gone by month’s end?

  8. The Common Man and Common Women should be members on Supreme Courts because Lawyers have made a mess of every Supreme Court on State and Federal levels

  9. The PA Supreme Court is The Biggest Joke in The Universe I say appoint Kathy Kane to The PA Supreme Court and let her straighten it out .

  10. One More Nail in The Coffin of The Pennsylvania Supreme Court that is the biggest Joke and laughing Stock of the Universe What a very sick Joke these idiots are on The Supreme Court they should all resign for being stupid Idiots . I say Appoint Kathy Kane to The PA Supreme Court

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