Work of secret Pa. prosecutor raises legal eyebrows

    Any day now, a grand jury could render an opinion on whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane or anyone in her office should face charges for allegedly breaching secrecy laws.

    It’s a process that is piquing the collective curiosity of the state’s legal community.

    The court-appointed prosecutor running the grand jury was commissioned in secret. And there is no law that empowers such an appointment or grants the power to file charges.

    Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler says he thinks there’d be a legal challenge if a court-appointed prosecutor tries to file charges.

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    Grand jury judges have appointed a handful of special prosecutors over the past decade to investigate claims of grand jury secrecy violations, and they have tended to deliver reports on their findings.

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