Yet, that Porngate scandal is not dying, and continues to rage.
Right now there is reportedly pressure on Kathleen Kane's successor, Pennsylvania new Attorney General Bruce Beemer, to not release identities of people named in the e-mails (those which were not released yet).
Some media sources are now bothered by the price tag of Kathleen Kane's e-mail investigation, so far reportedly $385,000.
Yet, somehow, the same media sources do not seem to be concerned about hundreds of thousands of dollars spent upon investigations, prosecutions and then keeping in prison individuals who were convicted by racist and sexist investigators, prosecutors and judges.
Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania's former Attorney General who paid with
- her law license,
- her career,
- breakup of her family,
- years of enduring harassment and abuse in the press, and a
- criminal felony sentence
Now, there is reportedly pressure on the new Pennsylvania Attorney General to not release names of people involved in the e-mail exchange (those whose names were not released previously, I understand), federal judge Gerald A McHugh specifically, and sua sponte, cited the racist and sexist e-mails exchanged by investigators, prosecutors and even Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges to give an admitted thief and prostitute a chance to overturn her murder conviction - based on confession coerced out of her after hours of interrogation during which a now-exposed rogue investigator reportedly subjected her to racist and sexist invectives.
Judge Gerald A McHugh's decision and footnote about Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges and their misconduct and biases,
put front and center the question that attorneys, judges and the media have been either ducking or suppressing through sanctions - is judicial behavior outside of the particular court proceeding (in or out of court) relevant to judicial bias?
Judge McHugh ruled - reasonably, in my opinion - that judges personal views and personal conduct is relevant to their judicial decisions.
Note that the legal profession is seized with fear - with the federal judge having to raise the question of relevancy of Porngate sexist and racist e-mails that investigators, prosecutors and judges who handle a particular case were handling.
- with the Porngate scandal raging for several years now,
- several public officials, including to Supreme Court justices, Michael Eakin and Seamus McCafery, resigning (Michael Eakin - after participating in stripping Kathleen Kane of her law license),
- the media being all over Kathleen Kane, and
- Kathleen Kane stripped of her license and convicted, without being given a chance to present to the jury the evidence that the entire criminal case against her was the result of her exposure of the racist and sexist "good ol' boy's club" -
I keep pointing out on this blog that regulation of the legal profession in general, and, specifically, by the judiciary, is declared to be done in the interests and for the protection of consumers of legal services.
Yet, as the Porngate scandal clearly showed, such regulation by the judiciary (consider the former Judge Michael Eakin who, without any qualms or scruples, stripped investigator of his own misconduct Kathleen Kane of her law license in order to force her out of office at the beginning of the Porngate scandal) results only in the judiciary putting itself above the law and making attorney regulation a tool of political oppression and even of removal of honest and courageous elected public officials, like Kathleen Kane, from office, BECAUSE of the investigations such public officials are conducting AGAINST the judiciary.
Attorneys in Pennsylvania knew for years - and were silent - about Kids for Cash scandal, fearing repercussions from the judiciary.
Now attorneys in Pennsylvania knew for years - and were silent - about the Porngate scandal, so that when a federal judge mentioned the obvious in his decision, for the first time in a court case unrelated to Kathleen Kane in all the years that Porngate was a known to the public and the legal community, it was perceived by the legal community and the press as some kind of a revolutionary move that nobody before Judge McHugh dared to make.
Here is the decision of Judge McHall in Hill v Wetzel and here is
the famous Footnote 6 (a sua sponte statement by the judge) that has the media and the legal community all so stirred up:
But, as to the result of the decision - an evidentiary hearing allowed and a certificate of appealability given by a federal judge based on misbehavior of Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges and investigators - and the fact that the attorneys did not mention the Porngate scandal in the pleadings as a basis for the decision, but the judge himself did it, these facts raise questions related to all of us and our constitutional right to true and effective access to court and for impartial judicial review.
Do we, the legal consumers, need regulation of the legal profession which results in legal profession gripped by fear to an extent that the court representatives having a monopoly for such court representation, are afraid to do their jobs properly?
A country where court representatives are seized by fear of losing their right to earn a living - for a lifetime - can it be called a democracy? Seriously?