Revolt in the Attorney General’s Office?

Kane-sadThere has been tension in the Attorney General’s office for a long time now. It might finally be reaching its boiling point.

According to Brad Bumsted of the Tribune-Review, First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Beemer wrote an office-wide memo contemning Kane for releasing the emails of Judge Feudale.

Kane asserts that her actions were legal.

“That statement is wrong,” Beemer contends in the memorandum.

“The Office of Attorney General is bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct, various statutes and other legal privileges to keep all communications with clients and co-counsel, related to grand jury matters, and even communications with opposing counsel, confidential,” he writes. “Communications involving victims, witnesses and criminal justice agencies similarly are not public, and their disclosure could compromise prosecutions. The Office of Attorney General, its support staff and its investigators must maintain their confidentiality obligations.”

“Personal communications about private protected matters are private and not subject to disclosure to the public,” Beemer concludes.

Beemer’s message is signed by Executive Deputy Attorneys General James A. Donahue III, Robert A. Mulle and Lawrence Cherba.

Meanwhile, Kane maintains that because Judge Feudale’s messages were accidentally sent to Frank Fina’s old work email account, they are under the OAG’s purview.

“Any email sent to an email account in the Office of Attorney General, whether from a private or public email account, is not considered a private communication once it is captured by an OAG (Office of Attorney General) server,” Kane responded.

Feudale’s lawyer, Sam Stretton is claiming Kane broke the law.

“Her conduct is illegal, going back and searching for a grand jury judge’s emails,” Stretton told Bumsted. “She just needs to be stopped now. She is destroying our system of justice.”

October 30th, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 74 Comments

74 thoughts on “Revolt in the Attorney General’s Office?”

  1. rsklaroff says:

    Also, this piece captures points I’ve been chronically making:

    Kane strategy seen as legal quagmire

    “Has Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane opened the door for criminal defense lawyers to rummage through her office’s most sensitive internal email documents?”

    http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20151102_Kane_strategy_seen_as_legal_quagmire.html#0j6lwfFsFqgegEwy.99

  2. rsklaroff says:

    PA SUPREME COURT: NO DISCIPLINE FOR JUDGE WHO EXCHANGED OFFENSIVE EMAILS

    http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=%2Fphilly%2Fnews&id=339424231

    *

    The hyperlink fails to address any of the charges against AG-Kane, which is quite an “avoidance” technique, noting that its [anonymous] author claimed to have read everything on this entire [judiciary] topic.

  3. Dirogo says:

    So many articles are not giving the context of Kane and the issues. Here is a good one:
    http://www.pacourtwatch.com/2015/10/30/kane-doing/

  4. HaHaHa says:

    Seems Justice Todd believes Eakin should resign as well:

    “I am disappointed and offended, both personally and professionally, by much of the content,” Todd wrote, adding: “It should be abundantly clear that all of our Commonwealth’s judges are expected to conduct themselves, in both their personal and public lives, in a manner that promotes the public’s trust and confidence in the judiciary. Our citizens deserve nothing less.”

    She is SO RIGHT. At least McCaffery put the Court’s interests first and resigned immediately. The Repervlicans don’t seem to care about the Court’s image.

  5. aaron says:

    No actually I was referring to our porn peddling ag…

  6. rsklaroff says:

    You mean he? As in Eakin? No – he is still on the Bench.

  7. aaron says:

    Has she resigned yet?

  8. rsklaroff says:

    Another dimension to AG-Kane’s deceit:

    http://billypenn.com/2015/11/02/the-long-history-between-kathleen-kanes-email-shopping-consultant-and-pennsylvanias-casinos/

    “Kane quashed a subpoena from a 2013 grand jury into Louis DeNaples, a Scranton millionaire with reported mob ties who was also a Pennsylvania Casino Association member?”

  9. HaHaHa says:

    Nope. Wasn’t me.

    But / I would not be surprised. Look what he did with Ali on the steaming pile of dung (sting) case. When Fina found Ali, he was facing hundreds of counts of theft, fraud, etc. Thats because he stole $400,000.00 from a non-profit set up to help children.

    By the time Fina had hooked up Ali, he had all his charges totally dropped. And Fina had given him $90,000.00 of taxpayer money to spend at fancy Philadelphia restaurants. Oh … and Fina let Ali keep the $400,000.00 he stole.

  10. mike says:

    Ha – was it you? Someone the other day alluded to Fina’s involvement in the Salvation Army case – suggesting it was Fina that gave immunity to the white guy so they could prosecute the Black guy. Is that true? Can anyone shed light on this?

  11. HaHaHa says:

    Pat – you got your wish. You have a groupie troll pretending to be you (below).

    The shills thought their Preaa-blitz would draw attention away from the latest scandal – the Fina/Feudale issue. But it has backfired. The truth is not budging. It just keeps making Fina & The Corbett Pervs look DIRTY.

    Hey Frank – how friggin corrupt are you?

  12. mike says:

    jpaul – you hit the nail on the head. but be carrful making that much sense here. the repervlicans and tea-slurped will attack you and steal your screen-name. you see – for them any discussion beyond Kane’s digressions are an indication that you are a flaming liberal or kane devotee.

    but the truth is that kane can be a hot mess AND be right about the racist pervert slob corrupt creeps.

    just about everything fina and his pals have done has been designed to discredit the person they know has the goods on them. it has worked with some people. but reasonable people have figured this out.

  13. rsklaroff says:

    @ Ha2 & Montco PA Dem:

    You may wish to emulate Observer; frankly, you evoked a laugh with that hyperlink and, if that’s the greatest price I will pay for these postings [satire], it’s worth the effort.

  14. HaHaHa says:

    MontCo- he is a true mental patient. Too much TEA.

    It seems that Fina has finally spoken:

    “I invite and hope that a special counsel is appointed to look into Kane’s conduct in this whole matter,” said Fina, now an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.

    Here’s the rest of what he said … or at least what he was thinking; “And that ‘special counsel’ should be spmeone from the Clown Car, someone with a horse in the race, and/or one of my buddies – preferably a Repervlican. And the scope needs to be VERY LIMITED. No looking into my relationship with Feudale. No looking at my e-mails to Craig & Angela, nothing about the crimes I committed during the smear campaign against AG Kane … and absolutely nothing about my role in the Salvation Army case. Oh – and make sure you don’t ask women and Blacks at the Philly DA’s Office what they think of me. So – it’s probably best to make this “special counsel” a retarder person.”

  15. Montco PA Dem says:

    I didn’t realize that somebody actually taped Doc Sklaroff giving one of his replies. I all makes more sense to me now:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwpD3USKEKw

  16. rsklaroff says:

    @ Kathy Kane for President USA:

    I’ve taken the plunge, consistently, and I’ve survived to tell the tale; others should also not be intimidated by awareness of her deceit.

  17. Kathy Kane for President USA says:

    Kathy Kane is the Only person in Government with The Balloons enuff to go after the Bad Guys in Government . LEAVE KATHY KANE ALONE or you will be the next to take a fall in your Career ,

  18. KAT RELEASE EVERYTHING says:

    Kathy Kane please do the world a Favor and release all communication that exchange Porn and or Racist Jokes and anything else that would show People in The Legal World especially Judges and Prosecutors to be unfit to Hold office due to their sick minds and predjudices . Lets wipe PA Clean and anyone Jurisdiction who may have sent other disgusting Communications . I believe many cases with have to be thrown out and or reversed due to Sick Minded Judges and Prosecutors and COPs and Detectives . Be The Ed Snowden of Pennsylvania Kat Katniss Kane . We The People need to know whats goin on and let it all be Judged in The Court of Public Opinion .

  19. gulagPittsburgh says:

    The PA Supreme Court has been afraid of the truth for years and done their utmost to suppress the truth whenever dirty deeds by judges and their lawyer friends comes up in an appeal. Now one of the dirty female judges wants her place on the PA Supreme Court with her Dem buddies.

  20. jpaul1984 says:

    Kane is underwhelming when it comes to integrity and competence. But, as others have noted the corruption of many others has now been exposed and the perversion of our system of due process by our Supreme Court and Disciplinary Board to perhaps protect their own leaves a bad taste- why not appoint a special prosecutor so we could expose what and who has engaged in conduct that should be sanctioned. What is our Supreme Court afraid of—the Truth whatever it really is??????????

  21. rsklaroff says:

    @ Observer:

    Now that my suasive powers have claimed one scalp…

    [“And god help me, I find myself on the same side as sklaroff on some of these questions – that just illustrates how pervasive the wrongdiong is in this sad affair. There Is No Good Guy here!”]

    …perhaps you could help d2 see the light!

  22. Observer says:

    And god help me, I find myself on the same side as sklaroff on some of these questions – that just illustrates how pervasive the wrongdiong is in this sad affair. There Is No Good Guy here!

  23. Observer says:

    Fina could only win by cheating – that is becoming clearer every day. If Sandusky gets a new trial, it is because of Fina’s cheating.

    As for Beemer… he has zero credibility. He and the rest of the Old White Boy Corbett holdovers should try getting real jobs. They ALL got porn emails and did nothing about it. Any corporation would fire them yesterday.

    Keep taking them all down with ya, Kathleen!

  24. rsklaroff says:

    I have again asked Sy Snyder to delimit the number of published names to “1” per computer ISP.

  25. rsklaroff says:

    Methinks the pontificators should deem it worthwhile to re-read the previous postings that heed themselves of sturdy reflection and allow for careful consideration of the germane issues and considerations; to wit, the memorializations below:

    “The law enforcement community is nervous that, if the truth comes out, Fina’s prosecutions will be put in jeopardy. They are correct. But, as is ALWAYS the case, the truth is more important.

    Many are also worried that they will be exposed … or friends of theirs will be exposed … in the Porngate scandal.

    Meanwhile – the man that used his State computer to distribute racist images and bestiality videos is still drawing a paycheck from the citizens of Philadelphia. It’s embarrassing. Fina prosecuted people for similar behavior. The REVOLT IN THE PHILADELPHIA D.A.’S OFFICE has already happened. Blacks and women DO NOT want to work side by side with Fina and Costanzo.

    The recent information on how they actually do business makes them totally toxic. as if their racism and woman-hating was not enough, now we find out that they are dirty too.”

    Dirty indeed. Fina And Feudale should be the ones facing a criminal trial – perhaps with Craig & Angela at the table with them.

  26. rsklaroff says:

    @ Verde:

    I read that Morganelli may run for AG, again; FYI.

  27. Verde says:

    @truthteller. I concur completely. One other thought: will someone please shut Morganelli up? He’s another third rate prosecutor who ran and lost multiple times for AG and couldnt win. He’s a loser and the Democratic equivalent of Castille who has an overriding need to be quoted in the press. Shut up and go away already. You have no credbibility with anybody anymore. Why don’t you run on down to Ft kauderdale and climb into the same bottle Castille has been in for the past 40 years.

  28. Pat Unger says:

    In other news – A bear shat in the woods.

    Seriously – no one with even half a brain is taking Craig and/or Angela seriously on this subject anymore.

    Nice try, though.

  29. rsklaroff says:

    The following tweets are illustrative of the depth of the internal strife caused by AG-Kane, and they dramatize the time-frame pressure that I have sensed to have been rapidly building:

    Angela Couloumbis ‏@AngelasInk 1h1 hour ago
    PA AG Kane’s top deputies question her ability to carry out the duties of her job with a suspended license: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20151031_Top_deputies_question_Kane_s_ability_to_remain_on_the_job.html
    View summary 1 retweet 1 favorite
    Reply Retweet 1 Favorite 1
    More
    Angela Couloumbis ‏@AngelasInk 2h2 hours ago
    Morganelli says he isn’t doing it, but says OAG people “openly were looking to have a coup regarding their boss.” (2/2)
    5 retweets 1 favorite
    Reply Retweet 5 Favorite 1
    More
    Angela Couloumbis ‏@AngelasInk 2h2 hours ago
    Northampton DA Morganelli says he was contacted by a top OAG staffer asking him to file a legal action to remove Kane from office. (part 1)

  30. HaHaHa says:

    DD – Please STOP. I beg of you …. PLEASE ….

  31. rsklaroff says:

    @ d2:

    You confirmed your having [justifiably] violated, again, your pledge to ignore my writings [“I did say I would never read your writings. I’ve said that I frequently skip over them, especially the long rambling ones.”], but you continue to manifest a tendency captured earlier:

    “Observer #459,063 says: October 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm
    sklaroff, by now you should understand that Diano and HaHaHa/PatUnger never concede when they are clearly wrong. They will obfuscate, prevaricate, spin. But never concede. As has been noted by others, Kane could be caught on video murdering puppies and children and these stooges would try to change the subject to Fina and porn emails. Pathetic.”

    http://www.politicspa.com/fm-poll-51-believe-kane-should-resign/70330/comment-page-1/#comment-1042941

    *

    I didn’t ignore the quotation from Ha3; it’s tangential, as a reasonable reader would agree, to the gravamen of this page; AG-Kane is being attacked externally [from all sides] and now we know she is also being attacked internally [in what seems to be an unprecedented fashion].

    The Senate committee is already working @ full-throttle, and it can be anticipated that it will now be able to accommodate such data to corroborate the conclusion that she’s currently incompetent…which is the charge it is to tackle, with specificity.

    Regardless of what y’all post regarding other attorneys – and, the more the merrier – nothing challenges fundamental conclusions regarding THIS ‘attorney’; as my brother would say, “Stick a fork into her, for she’s DONE!”

  32. HaHaHa says:

    Feudale mistakenly cc’d Fina at his old OAG e-mail address.

    Hmmm … That must mean he MEANT TO cc him at his new e-mail address …. here in Philadelphia … where Fina is still a prosecutor, is still shamelessly and illegally leaking stuff, and still collects a pay-check from the City’s taxpayers. Shameful.

    Feudale and Fina. They better have good lawyers.

  33. HaHaHa says:

    gulag: Nope. The powers that be are pursuing only one person … for one alleged leak. They just turn a blind eye towards the ASTOUNDING NUMBER of leaks from the grand jury investigating Kane.

    Let’s see what they do about this sneak – Feudale. My guess: nothing.

    DD: The INKY also conveniently ignored the contents of Feudale’s e-mails to Craig & Angela (who I have been calling co-conspirators from the start). I’d like to see all the others too. Can’t wait for Kane to release them.

  34. gulagPittsburgh says:

    Harry F….You are right. But Fina and Kane are only the 2 most recent who have been discovered, because they tried to destroy each other. If people in the know started talking, and investigative resources were expended, I’d bet 90% of judges/prosecutors, etc would be removed.
    That’s why they have all come down so hard on Kane, because she has opened Pandora’s box of unethical conduct to expose the misconduct. While doing so, she probably joined them in misconduct. Just let her stay awhile longer and peel off a couple more layers of the corrupt onion.

  35. David Diano says:

    rsklaroff-

    I did say I would never read your writings. I’ve said that I frequently skip over them, especially the long rambling ones.

    “the increasingly urgent need to ditch her”?? These revelations are the best reason to keep her.

    You completely ignored HaHaHa’s copy of Feudale’s email about leaking sealed material.

    gulagPittsburgh and HaHaHa-

    Feudale’s looking pretty bad. Bravo to Kane for exposing him.

  36. gulagPittsburgh says:

    Regardless of whether these judges/lawyers/etc are Dems or GOP, it should be starting to dawn on PA citizens that there is extensive rot and corruption throughout the judicial/legal/”justice” system that casts doubt on many many prosecutions that have occurred for decades. This mess is not a one-off or recent problem. It has been endemic for a long time.
    Release of secret information, smearing defendants, etc has long been a prosecutorial tool, and judges are often in on the despicable activities.

  37. gulagPittsburgh says:

    Judge Feudale’s July 8,2013 email to the Inky reporter seems to admit that he is breaking the law by releasing sealed documents to them, so is seeking their cooperation to keep this law-breaking action secret. That sounds like a criminal conspiracy by both sides. So has Judge Feudale been immediately suspended as a threat to the legal system? Has Judge Feudale been pressured to resign and/or prosecuted for unethical behavior by the Judicial Conduct Board? Has Judge Feudale (and Inky reporters) been subjected to secret grand jury investigations and search warrants? If not, WHY NOT?

  38. Harry F. Truthteller says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how smart, educated people who have everything in life become power-hungry and throw it all away. Just look at Frank Fina and Kathleen Kane.

    Both should be taken to the wood-shed!!

    Fina is, by all accounts, a smart guy with a knack for details. He is in a great spot, handling high-profile cases. Why get involved in ex-parts communications w/ Judges? Why subvert people’s rights by leaking things to the Press? Prosecutors who try to win by cheating are the worst kind of lawyers on this planet.

    And Kane – on top of the world. A bright, young political star. And then she lets a petty feud with a low-level prosecutor get the best of her.How naive. How stupid. She could have done so much more by being patient, doing a thorough investigation and then doing the right thing. I am sure she felt “under attack” from the time she took office. But she handled it very poorly.

    Racist prosecutors who violate peoples rights should not be tolerated. Stupid, naive elected officials who seek revenge by leaking document are also unacceptable.

    Shame on Frank Fina. Shame on Kathy Kane.

  39. HaHaHa says:

    *** Warning ***

    Below are the ramblings of a mental patient. Read at your own risk.

  40. rsklaroff says:

    @ d2:

    It’s great that you have reneged on your prior promise never to read my writings.

    In the process, however, you are lost in the forest–amongst the trees–instead of recognizing the existence of the overall pace-of-events.

    Your oxymoronic claim [“You wrote: “note the quicken (sic) pace”, then follow it with a quote “The revelations likely won’t accelerate the timetable”. Duh. How stupid are you?”] is punctured by recognition that this committee ALREADY met Wednesday and is aiming to COMPLETE its business within a month [which is c/w my (“month’s end”) prediction that was typed BEFORE this article emerged].

    The Committee already was appointed, met, and implemented its framework-plans; this will not be impeded by intercurrent events, although they will certainly provide enhanced support for the widely-anticipated outcome.

    Perhaps you should apply self-discipline before posting, mandating that you read the entire article you plan to cite, rather than allowing yourself to selectively quote so as to satisfy your [false] expectations; indeed, you could start reviewing your prior-postings en-masse to ID this one defect and, perhaps, you will then jump-start your expansile “mea-culpa” posting.

    Cannot this latest e-mail release by AG-Kane [absent any identifiable legal basis] be perceivable as anything but a desperation-move [particularly noting that the judge is a Dem]???

    This raises the question as to whether the Committee will be able to remain adherent to its responsibilities to uphold Due Process, noting the increasingly urgent need to ditch her.

  41. Pat Unger says:

    DD – You hit the nail on the head.

    What kind of justice” is achieved when cover-ups are necessary to preserve convictions. The Feudale story is very disturbing. The fact that Craig and Angela at the INKY are again receiving protected material from an anti-Kane friend of Fina is VERY DISTURBING. I would hope the ombudsman at the INKY is taking a close look at this.

  42. Larry says:

    Generally agreed, Ha3.

    But I am REALLY hoping that Fina’s misdeeds do not result in a new trial for that animal – Sandusky. Fina and Corbett already gave that rapist 32 extra months of freedom. Fina sat on his hands watching bestiality videos while Sandusky raped children. Now his antics with the grand jury may put the case in jeopardy.

    I will be angry with Kane and utterly disgusted with Fina.

  43. HaHaHa says:

    The law enforcement community is nervous that, if the truth comes out, Fina’s prosecutions will be put in jeopardy. They are correct. But, as is ALWAYS the case, the truth is more important.

    Many are also worried that they will be exposed … or friends of theirs will be exposed … in the Porngate scandal.

    Meanwhile – the man that used his State computer to distribute racist images and bestiality videos is still drawing a paycheck from the citizens of Philadelphia. It’s embarrassing. Fina prosecuted people for similar behavior. The REVOLT IN THE PHILADELPHIA D.A.’S OFFICE has already happened. Blacks and women DO NOT want to work side by side with Fina and Costanzo,

    The recent information on how they actually do business makes them totally toxic. as if their racism and woman-hating was not enough, now we find out that they are dirty too.

  44. HaHaHa says:

    E-mail to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Craig McCoy from Barry F. Feudale dated July 8, 2013:

    “Subject: Re: nice meeting you “two” Craig forwad this to Angela I don’t have her email handy

    I am also considering giving you the brief Order initialy removing me and the Order denying reconsideration with explanation why I was removed…Since…you and Angela seem to be aware of the content of such (I believe you said it, or parts of it was read to you and or parts of the Application for a Writ of Prohibition,) it seems to not in the interest of transparency and completeness to not “confirm” what was said in the order. My Problem is that the Application for a writ was sealed (as are all Kings Bench matters) so I need both your assurance it will only be used as background and you will not reveal me as a source of such.”

  45. David Diano says:

    rsklaroff –

    You wrote: “note the quicken pace”, then follow it with a quote “The revelations likely won’t accelerate the timetable”. Duh. How stupid are you?

    The Senate is looking into the issue of whether Kane can remain AG with a suspended license. The supreme court made it clear in their decision that they did NOT equate the suspension with removal from office.

    But, the GOP has been crying “impeachment” since Kane’s early months, so they are looking for any excuse or twisted interpretation of the law..

    I’m GLAD she is dumping these emails and revealing how unprofessional the justice system is. Good for her.

  46. rsklaroff says:

    Note the quickening pace-of-events that appears to have been triggered:

    …The revelations likely won’t accelerate the timetable for a newly formed state Senate committee looking into whether Kane can continue to lead the office after the Supreme Court suspended her law license.

    The committee has 30 days to come up with its report, which member Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne County, called “a very tight timeline.”

    The committee’s work will include a public hearing and a webpage for public input.

    “Our focus is very, very narrow,” said Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Williamsport, a member of the committee. “It’s whether or not a person can hold the Office of Attorney General when they don’t have a law license. … All this other circus that’s going on out there really has nothing to do with what our charge is and what we intend to address.”

    Kane’s “situation is what triggered it, but we’re looking at it strictly from the legal point where you say, ‘OK, you have a person who doesn’t have a law license; can they hold the position of attorney general?’ ”

    That might be the focus at the moment, but senators are preparing for a far more consequential role.

    “I have been advised by our counsel that senators ought not be commenting because we could be jurors” if the legislature decides to try to remove Kane from office, said Sen. John Blake, D-Scranton.

    The committee could recommend Kane’s removal under an obscure provision of the state constitution.

    http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/9339831-74/kane-feudale-office#axzz3pXtCHKRo

  47. rsklaroff says:

    This is illustrative of the damage caused by AG-Kane’s continuing to remain in office:

    http://abc27.com/2015/10/29/attorney-grand-jury-leak-should-free-sandusky/

  48. rsklaroff says:

    To maintain continuity, the reader is advised to check-out corroborative hyperlinks on another page on this website:

    http://www.politicspa.com/fm-poll-51-believe-kane-should-resign/70330/comment-page-1/#comment-1042941

  49. David Diano says:

    “She is destroying our system of justice.”

    Correction, our system of INjustice.

  50. David Diano says:

    “their disclosure could compromise prosecutions”

    Try replacing “could” with “should”, for when the communications are inappropriate.

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