HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The accelerating effort to dislodge Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, and her determination to hold onto it, are drawing in all three branches of Pennsylvania state government.
It’s also potentially plowing new legal ground.
Already facing criminal charges, Kane is making her case to Pennsylvania’s highest court about why she should keep her law license. It would be unprecedented to leave a sitting attorney general without the power to act as a lawyer.
Meanwhile, Senate lawyers are searching for precedent for a constitutional provision that allows two-thirds of the chamber’s members and the governor to remove certain elected officials.
More established processes that could lead to Kane’s removal could take over a year. Those include impeachment in the Legislature, the normal disciplinary process for lawyers and her criminal case.
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