Pa. attorney general-elect will appoint deputy to investigate handling of Sandusky case

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HARRISBURG -- Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane will hire a special deputy attorney general to investigate the office's work on the Jerry Sandusky case, though she is not setting a deadline for completing her review.

Ms. Kane, who will be sworn in for her post on Tuesday, says no one has been selected yet for that special deputy attorney general role. She said she's looking for someone with "independence, experience in dealing with complex matters and going back over past cases, and who is non-political."

"I want them to be extremely thorough," she said in an interview Thursday.

During her campaign, Ms. Kane often criticized how the Sandusky case was handled by then-Attorney General Tom Corbett and his office. Asked about the suit that Mr. Corbett filed last week over Penn State's NCAA sanctions, she declined to offer her opinion on the lawsuit or to critique his decision to pursue the suit without consulting her.

"It's a done deal and that's what we work with," Ms. Kane said. "We move forward and not backwards on that."

Her team also on Thursday announced the hiring of 10 senior staffers, including Philadelphia lawyer Adrian King as her first deputy attorney general and retaining Bruce Beemer, who had served as Attorney General Linda Kelly's chief of staff. Mr. Beemer will serve as senior counsel.

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Harrisburg bureau chief Laura Olson: lolson@post-gazette.com or 717-787-4254.


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