AG Kane asks court to reinstate law license over Eakin role

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after a hearing Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg, Pa. Judge John Cleland order Kane to attend a closed-door hearing to be questioned under oath about any leaks by prosecutors or a judge of secret grand jury material from the child sexual abuse investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after a hearing Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg, Pa. Judge John Cleland order Kane to attend a closed-door hearing to be questioned under oath about any leaks by prosecutors or a judge of secret grand jury material from the child sexual abuse investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s attorney general wants her law license reinstated, saying a Supreme Court justice shouldn’t have voted to suspend it.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed a petition Monday arguing Justice Michael Eakin participated in the suspension vote despite his participation in a scandal she’s helped expose.

The court issued the temporary, indefinite suspension in September, a month after Kane was charged with leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it.

Kane says Eakin’s role in her suspension gives an appearance of impropriety and raises questions about his impartiality.

Kane, a Democrat, faces a hearing Tuesday as the Senate considers whether to remove her because she lacks a valid law license.

Three justices, all Democrats, were sworn in last week. Eakin awaits trial by a judicial ethics court over his role in exchanging pornographic and offensive emails.

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