Candidates debate handling of email scandal in Pennsylvania AG race forum

The three Democrats and two Republicans running in the April 26 primary spent about 90 minutes Tuesday fielding questions during a forum sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania's highest court on Monday, Sept. 21, ordered the temporary suspension of Kane's law license, a step that could trigger efforts to remove her from office as she fights perjury, obstruction and other charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The five men seeking to become Pennsylvania’s next attorney general are saying the pornographic email scandal that has roiled the agency has been mishandled and proposing how they’d restore office morale and revamp its operations.

The three Democrats and two Republicans running in the April 26 primary spent about 90 minutes Tuesday fielding questions during a forum sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

They’re all supporters of the death penalty but offered different views about whether the attorney general should defend a law if they personally believe it isn’t constitutional.

The forum’s main focus was Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat who recently announced she isn’t seeking a second term. She’s fighting criminal allegations she leaked secret grand jury material and lied about it.

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