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Joseph B. Scarnati

Kane's deputies worry license suspension could hinder cases

Senior lawyers under Attorney General Kathleen Kane testified Wednesday that she has not inserted herself in legal decisions since her law license was suspended, but they are concerned her status could expose the office to attacks on the legality of its actions.

Kane's top deputy and the heads of her civil, criminal and public protection divisions described for a Senate committee the procedures they developed to cope with what First Deputy Bruce Beemer described as an unprecedented situation. In most cases, legal decisions Kane previously made about such matters as whether to file charges or settle cases have fallen to Beemer.

They said the office's legal standing has been...