Kane says Pa. special prosecutor lacks authority, safeguards

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s attorney general is arguing that a special prosecutor who investigated her lacked both legal authority and safeguards to prevent the position from being abused.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s lawyers said in a court filing Wednesday that a judge gave special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio powers “that were not his to delegate.”

The filing comes about a month before the legality of Carluccio’s appointment will be considered by the state Supreme Court.

A grand jury looking into the disclosure of investigative material to a reporter has concluded there are reasonable grounds to charge Kane with perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction.

Kane’s lawyers say Pennsylvania’s independent counsel law expired in 2003, and the judge’s appointment of Carluccio was done without many of the safeguards that had existed under that statute.

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