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Pa. attorney general’s office delays release of email probe findings

Aaron Aupperlee

Too many redacted emails have delayed Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office from releasing a report about pornographic and offensive emails sent by local and state officials through her office’s servers.

Solicitor General Bruce L. Castor, Kane’s second in command, canceled a news conference scheduled for Tuesday during which the office planned to present the findings.

“Castor determined the working draft report was not comprehensive, and that too many of the emails provided in support of the working draft report were redacted,” stated a news release the Attorney General’s Office issued Monday.

The statement did not identify who had redacted the emails or why. Calls and emails to the Attorney General’s Office were not returned.

A news conference to present the findings will be scheduled for the summer, according to the release.

The scandal involving off-color and vile emails, dubbed “Porngate,” figures prominently in Kane’s defense as she heads to trial in August on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Kane claims an “old boys network,” threatened by the emails becoming public, set her up and orchestrated charges against her.

Kane’s law license has been suspended, and she is not seeking re-election this fall.

Kane hired Douglas Gansler, a former Maryland attorney general, to investigate the emails at a cost that could hit $2 million. Gansler and BuckleySandler LLP, his law firm, could not finish the report in time, forcing Castor to reschedule.

“(Castor) erroneously believed the full, un-redacted and comprehensive report he had asked to be finished by the end of May would be ready in time,” the release stated.

Gansler’s report could disclose new names and email chains or show whether Kane’s twin, Ellen Granahan, received more emails than those Kane released in December. Gansler has said the investigation likely won’t result in criminal charges, but he wanted to make all the material public.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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