United States: A Candid Conversation with PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane, part 2

Yesterday I posted  part 1 of a 4 part series of a candid conversation that I had with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. This is part 2 of 4 of my conversation with Kathleen Kane.

What, if any, changes have you implemented in the AG's office since you took office in January 2013?

We have made a lot of changes.  I believe that we have turned the ship around by way of personnel.  We took the Internal Affairs Office and made it into the Office of Professional Responsibility because we want very clear, defined guidelines and a high code of conduct for all who work here.  And in response to that and in response to me going out and meeting as many people as I can and making sure that they are motivated and inspired to do their jobs, it makes them better people.  And it makes them work harder and it makes them perform better and function better and more efficiently.

I've worked in law enforcement for a long time and if you get police officers or you get lawyers who don't feel appreciated and who forget why we do what we do, they're not as productive and they don't serve the public.  I remind everyone here why we do what we do.  We don't do it for the money; we don't do it for the glory.  As you can see we get batted around a lot but we do it because we love the law; because we believe in justice and because we have a real sense of service.

We've taken the child predator section that was not a standalone section and we've made it a standalone section.  We took a piece of this office that was a storage room and that some of the past AGs used to film public service announcements and we made it into a child predator section.  We have all new equipment.  We have better software.  We have better trained agents where they may have had one or two agents, we have 12.  We have three or four dedicated deputy attorney generals.  We have a chief of the unit now.  They made 19 arrests a year prior to me taking office.  Since I have taken office, we are over 160 arrests.  So I believe that children are safer in this Commonwealth.

We also started the first ever mobile street crimes unit.  That's an incredible crime fighting tool.  I was in office maybe two months before I had to go and give my budget address and normally you would just go in and say, okay, please just give me the money and not stir the pot.  Well we didn't do that.  We went in and asked for $12 million.  And here's what we need and I need $3 million for a mobile crimes unit; here's the concept; here's why it's going to work; here's how it make Pennsylvania safer.  I will prove it to you.  Give me the money; I'll get it up and running and I'll prove it to you that it's an effective tool.  And we did all that.  So that's an effective tool that has made an incredible difference on the lives of Pennsylvanians.   It was first deployed in Hazleton.  It made an incredible difference on the quality of life for the people there.  It is now in its second deployment and already it is going really well.  So it's a new crime fighting tool.  It's been picked up by National Geographic and in the New York Times.  We were on Drugs, Inc. for an episode or two.  And we have done a few specials where people are saying that this a great crime fighting tool.

We brought in a new chief and we are expanding, not at scope because we are bound by the law, but we are expanding what we do.  We deal with individual consumers' problems.  But we also deal with problems on a much more wider scale.  We work with NAAGS, the National Association of Attorneys General and we work with them to make sure that we are really protecting consumers and that we are making it that crime doesn't pay in Pennsylvania.

And charities.  We  made national reforms on the Hershey Trust.  It's the largest children's charity in The United States.  It's worth on any given day $10 to $12 billion.  And we came in, this investigation was sitting in here for years.  We went through the whole thing and then ... while no one was arrested because there was no basis for criminal charges, we made national changes and things that will affect charities all over the Country for the better.  We have the lottery, we had voter id, we had DOMA, we have dealt with constitutional issues I think that Pennsylvania hasn't seen in a very long time and I think that we dealt with them according to the Constitution.  Not according to politics; not according to what newspapers want; we dealt with the Constitution and I think that's refreshing.

Your office published 2013 Year In Review which is a 51-page report on the accomplishments of your office.  Is there anything in particular that stands out to you regarding 2013? 

How incredible busy we were.  How we had such high profile significant cases for Pennsylvania in one year.

We started out with closing the Florida loophole, for gun permits, that made Pennsylvania safer.  For years politicians denied that the loophole even existed.  We came into office and within a couple of weeks we closed that loophole that made it safer for Pennsylvanians.  We didn't take anyone's guns away.  We just made every Pennsylvanian follow Pennsylvania law; not Florida law and that in turn makes Pennsylvania safer.  And then we had the issue with the Pennsylvania lottery being privatized.  We followed the Constitution and the Constitution said that it had to go to the General Assembly; that nobody can outsource the lottery without the approval of the General Assembly.  And then we have the Hershey situation and the Hershey reforms.  We had voter id, we had DOMA, we had the PIAA where we had to go in to defend the ERA and in defending that, we had to say, now we have to allow boys to play on girls' teams because if you take that away, you're eroding the ERA and then it, it dissolves what it was meant to do which was to make sure that there is equality for girls in sports.  We had the mobile street crimes unit, we had the expansion of the Child Predator Unit.  It was just an incredible year.  We just made such great strides and there was so much happening.  It was almost impossible to fit in 51 pages to be honest with you.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.

Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.

In association with
Related Topics
Related Articles
Related Video
Up-coming Events Search
Font Size:
Mondaq on Twitter
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).
Email Address
Company Name
Confirm Password
Mondaq Topics -- Select your Interests
 Law Performance
 Law Practice
 Media & IT
 Real Estate
 Wealth Mgt
Asia Pacific
European Union
Latin America
Middle East
United States
Worldwide Updates
Registration (you must scroll down to set your data preferences)

Mondaq Ltd requires you to register and provide information that personally identifies you, including your content preferences, for three primary purposes (full details of Mondaq’s use of your personal data can be found in our Privacy and Cookies Notice):

  • To allow you to personalize the Mondaq websites you are visiting to show content ("Content") relevant to your interests.
  • To enable features such as password reminder, news alerts, email a colleague, and linking from Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) to your website.
  • To produce demographic feedback for our content providers ("Contributors") who contribute Content for free for your use.

Mondaq hopes that our registered users will support us in maintaining our free to view business model by consenting to our use of your personal data as described below.

Mondaq has a "free to view" business model. Our services are paid for by Contributors in exchange for Mondaq providing them with access to information about who accesses their content. Once personal data is transferred to our Contributors they become a data controller of this personal data. They use it to measure the response that their articles are receiving, as a form of market research. They may also use it to provide Mondaq users with information about their products and services.

Details of each Contributor to which your personal data will be transferred is clearly stated within the Content that you access. For full details of how this Contributor will use your personal data, you should review the Contributor’s own Privacy Notice.

Please indicate your preference below:

Yes, I am happy to support Mondaq in maintaining its free to view business model by agreeing to allow Mondaq to share my personal data with Contributors whose Content I access
No, I do not want Mondaq to share my personal data with Contributors

Also please let us know whether you are happy to receive communications promoting products and services offered by Mondaq:

Yes, I am happy to received promotional communications from Mondaq
No, please do not send me promotional communications from Mondaq
Terms & Conditions

Mondaq.com (the Website) is owned and managed by Mondaq Ltd (Mondaq). Mondaq grants you a non-exclusive, revocable licence to access the Website and associated services, such as the Mondaq News Alerts (Services), subject to and in consideration of your compliance with the following terms and conditions of use (Terms). Your use of the Website and/or Services constitutes your agreement to the Terms. Mondaq may terminate your use of the Website and Services if you are in breach of these Terms or if Mondaq decides to terminate the licence granted hereunder for any reason whatsoever.

Use of www.mondaq.com

To Use Mondaq.com you must be: eighteen (18) years old or over; legally capable of entering into binding contracts; and not in any way prohibited by the applicable law to enter into these Terms in the jurisdiction which you are currently located.

You may use the Website as an unregistered user, however, you are required to register as a user if you wish to read the full text of the Content or to receive the Services.

You may not modify, publish, transmit, transfer or sell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, link, display, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in these Terms or with the prior written consent of Mondaq. You may not use electronic or other means to extract details or information from the Content. Nor shall you extract information about users or Contributors in order to offer them any services or products.

In your use of the Website and/or Services you shall: comply with all applicable laws, regulations, directives and legislations which apply to your Use of the Website and/or Services in whatever country you are physically located including without limitation any and all consumer law, export control laws and regulations; provide to us true, correct and accurate information and promptly inform us in the event that any information that you have provided to us changes or becomes inaccurate; notify Mondaq immediately of any circumstances where you have reason to believe that any Intellectual Property Rights or any other rights of any third party may have been infringed; co-operate with reasonable security or other checks or requests for information made by Mondaq from time to time; and at all times be fully liable for the breach of any of these Terms by a third party using your login details to access the Website and/or Services

however, you shall not: do anything likely to impair, interfere with or damage or cause harm or distress to any persons, or the network; do anything that will infringe any Intellectual Property Rights or other rights of Mondaq or any third party; or use the Website, Services and/or Content otherwise than in accordance with these Terms; use any trade marks or service marks of Mondaq or the Contributors, or do anything which may be seen to take unfair advantage of the reputation and goodwill of Mondaq or the Contributors, or the Website, Services and/or Content.

Mondaq reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take any action that it deems necessary and appropriate in the event it considers that there is a breach or threatened breach of the Terms.

Mondaq’s Rights and Obligations

Unless otherwise expressly set out to the contrary, nothing in these Terms shall serve to transfer from Mondaq to you, any Intellectual Property Rights owned by and/or licensed to Mondaq and all rights, title and interest in and to such Intellectual Property Rights will remain exclusively with Mondaq and/or its licensors.

Mondaq shall use its reasonable endeavours to make the Website and Services available to you at all times, but we cannot guarantee an uninterrupted and fault free service.

Mondaq reserves the right to make changes to the services and/or the Website or part thereof, from time to time, and we may add, remove, modify and/or vary any elements of features and functionalities of the Website or the services.

Mondaq also reserves the right from time to time to monitor your Use of the Website and/or services.


The Content is general information only. It is not intended to constitute legal advice or seek to be the complete and comprehensive statement of the law, nor is it intended to address your specific requirements or provide advice on which reliance should be placed. Mondaq and/or its Contributors and other suppliers make no representations about the suitability of the information contained in the Content for any purpose. All Content provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Mondaq and/or its Contributors and other suppliers hereby exclude and disclaim all representations, warranties or guarantees with regard to the Content, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Mondaq expressly excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities arising out of or in connection with all Content. In no event shall Mondaq and/or its respective suppliers be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with the use of the Content or performance of Mondaq’s Services.


Mondaq may alter or amend these Terms by amending them on the Website. By continuing to Use the Services and/or the Website after such amendment, you will be deemed to have accepted any amendment to these Terms.

These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales to settle any dispute which may arise out of or in connection with these Terms. If you live outside the United Kingdom, English law shall apply only to the extent that English law shall not deprive you of any legal protection accorded in accordance with the law of the place where you are habitually resident ("Local Law"). In the event English law deprives you of any legal protection which is accorded to you under Local Law, then these terms shall be governed by Local Law and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these Terms shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts where you are habitually resident.

You may print and keep a copy of these Terms, which form the entire agreement between you and Mondaq and supersede any other communications or advertising in respect of the Service and/or the Website.

No delay in exercising or non-exercise by you and/or Mondaq of any of its rights under or in connection with these Terms shall operate as a waiver or release of each of your or Mondaq’s right. Rather, any such waiver or release must be specifically granted in writing signed by the party granting it.

If any part of these Terms is held unenforceable, that part shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to give effect to the intent of the parties, and the Terms shall continue in full force and effect.

Mondaq shall not incur any liability to you on account of any loss or damage resulting from any delay or failure to perform all or any part of these Terms if such delay or failure is caused, in whole or in part, by events, occurrences, or causes beyond the control of Mondaq. Such events, occurrences or causes will include, without limitation, acts of God, strikes, lockouts, server and network failure, riots, acts of war, earthquakes, fire and explosions.

By clicking Register you state you have read and agree to our Terms and Conditions