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Top Pennsylvania court takes up attorney general’s leak case

Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives at a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Philadelphia.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider the state attorney general’s claim that a special prosecutor investigating her office over allegations of grand jury leaks was appointed illegally.

The justices on Wednesday took up a legal challenge by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who’s seeking to invalidate a judge’s appointment of special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio, a Republican.

The court wants Kane and Carluccio to address previous court decisions and a state law concerning independent counsel that expired a decade ago.

The Supreme Court says the briefs need to be filed quickly. It plans to conduct oral arguments in Philadelphia in March.

The order comes hours after the court released records indicating a grand jury has recommended perjury and other charges against Kane related to an investigation of grand jury secrecy.

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