Kane’s lawyers challenge judges over contempt hearing

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Judges say they’ll rule promptly after hearing lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane argue why she shouldn’t have to appear in a contempt of court hearing to defend a prosecutors’ firing.

Monday’s session was in Montgomery County. That’s where Judge William Carpenter ordered and supervised a grand jury investigation last year into allegations that Kane’s office leaked secret materials to a newspaper.

Carpenter initially ordered Kane to explain whether that she had committed contempt of court by firing a prosecutor, James Barker, who had testified in the investigation.

But Carpenter agreed to hear objections first by Kane’s lawyers.

They want Carpenter to recuse himself, saying he’s biased against Kane, and they say his order barring retaliation against witnesses expired before Barker was fired. In any case, Kane says Barker’s firing wasn’t retaliation.

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