Kane's aggressive stance on the Sandusky investigation was a campaign promise and political gambit thathas been widely credited by political analysts as helping her win election as attorney general
the firstDemocrat and the first woman to do so. In bringing in Widener University School of Law professor andformer federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. to lead her review, Kane is following up on a promisethat many say won her the election. Legal observers and attorneys familiar with Moulton have describedhim as having "unquestionable integrity."
But several sources from the prosecutorial community said that many of their colleagues from across thestate are "outraged" that Kane would second-guess a body of work that eventually led to convictions on 45of 48 counts and put Sandusky, the longtime Penn State defensive coordinator, behind bars for the rest of his life.
Kane declined to comment on the probe for this story.
TRIED TO CANCEL TALK?
The sentiment among prosecutors came to a head at the state's District Attorneys Association mid-wintermeeting last month, where, according to several sources, Kane attempted to cancel a seminar given by theSandusky trial's two prosecutors
Joseph E. McGettigan and Frank G. Fina. The focus of the talk washow to successfully prosecute high-profile cases and deal with media scrutiny.
Kane has denied that, saying she made appropriate inquiries into the scope of a presentation on a case heroffice is still handling.
However, according to several sources who spoke with
on the condition of anonymity, here'show the events leading up to the seminar played out:
The week before the talk, sources said, Kane directly contacted Shawn Wagner, the Adams County districtattorney and president of the District Attorneys Association, and convinced him to cancel the event, citingthe appellate status of the case as her chief concern.
However, after Fina and McGettigan addressed the association's leadership in what sources called an"impassioned" discussion February 3, Super Bowl Sunday, the board (including Wagner) unanimously overturned the decision.
Fina and McGettigan, who both declined to comment for this story, both gave the presentation February 6.
Reached for comment, Wagner said the seminar was initially canceled due to a "miscommunication"about what Fina and McGettigan were going to cover. It was reinstated when their actual topic was made clear.
According to Wagner, the presentation was first captioned "Lessons Learned in the Sandusky Case."
Declining to give specifics for the attorney general's reasoning, Wagner said Kane had expressed"concerns" about the topic and questions about whether McGettigan could be involved, as he was still arepresentative of the agency. She never asked Wagner to cancel it and never insisted that McGettigan notspeak, Wagner said.