Kane sworn in as first woman, first Democrat to be Pa. attorney general

    The first Democrat and woman to be the state attorney general has taken her oath of office.

    Kathleen Kane was sworn in Tuesday during a ceremony in Pennsylvania’s Capitol rotunda, with observers packing the main hall and balconies three floors up.

    Kane talked about fighting public corruption and violent crime, prosecuting child predators, and paying close attention to consumer protection efforts.

    “You will see the office of attorney general take a leadership role on the front lines: aggressive, efficient, and mission-focused,” she vowed.

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    Also in attendance was Gov. Tom Corbett, who Kane has criticized for mishandling the investigation of the Jerry Sandusky case.

    Kane says plans are coming along for the special deputy who will investigate how the case was prosecuted, “whose sole responsibility will be that case, the investigation of that case.”

    Kane did not share her thoughts on another hot-button issue in the Capitol these days — a contract to lease the operations of the state lottery to a private company.

    Her office has to review the contract before it’s finalized.

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