Child porn defendants question AG Kane’s legal credentials

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) – Attorneys for three Pennsylvania men charged with possessing child pornography say the suspension of Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license invalidates her office’s prosecution of the men.

The defense attorneys made that argument Tuesday in Armstrong County, where Deputy Attorney General Jessel Costa is prosecuting the men.

The state Supreme Court has suspended Kane’s law license while she defends herself against charges that she illegally orchestrated the release of grand jury information to embarrass political foes. Kane has denied that and contends she doesn’t need a law license to continue administering her office.

But defense attorney Chuck Pascal says Kane can’t deputize others to do legal work while she’s not a practicing attorney.

Kane’s spokesman and Costa, the deputy, argued that the prosecutions are on solid legal footing.

The judge said he’d rule in a few days.

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