New AG fires 2 of Kane’s top aides

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania’s new attorney general has fired his predecessor’s top administrator and a Kathleen Kane aide who was convicted of snooping on a grand jury probe.

Attorney General Bruce Beemer terminated Kane chief of staff Jonathan Duecker and special agent Patrick “Rocco” Reese.

Duecker was Kane’s acting chief of staff when a deputy attorney general accused him of sexually harassing her. Internal Affairs recommended Duecker’s dismissal, but Kane promoted him.

Reese, Kane’s driver, was sentenced in March to three to six months in jail for illegally accessing emails to keep tabs on a grand jury probe of Kane. He remained free pending an appeal.

Kane was convicted last month for leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up. She resigned two days later and faces prison time when she’s sentenced.

Beemer, a top deputy under Kane, was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate and sworn in to succeed Kane on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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