The Latest: Veteran prosecutor succeeds convicted boss

The Latest: Veteran prosecutor succeeds convicted boss


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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Pennsylvania attorney general's last day in office after her criminal conviction and resignation (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The veteran prosecutor who has assumed the duties of Pennsylvania's convicted ex-attorney general is a central figure in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby.

Bruce L. Castor Jr. took the oath Wednesday to become acting attorney general, five months after Kathleen Kane hired him.

Kane resigned Wednesday, following Monday's conviction on charges she abused the powers of the state's top law enforcement office by leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up.

Castor is a former two-term district attorney and commissioner in Montgomery County. He ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2004.

Castor declined to charge Cosby a decade ago when he investigated a former Temple University employee's claim the entertainer had molested her.

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4:30 p.m.

Convicted Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says her last day in office is bittersweet.

Kane spoke to reporters Wednesday as she entered the attorney general's offices in Scranton on her last day. She didn't discuss her conviction or potential appeal. She's scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24 and jail time is possible.

Kane is resigning following Monday's conviction on charges she abused the powers of the state's top law enforcement office by leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up.

Her top deputy, Bruce L. Castor Jr., will take the oath later Wednesday to become acting attorney general, five months after Kane hired him.

Castor is a former district attorney and commissioner in Montgomery County. He ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2004.

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7 a.m.

The man who will take over the duties of Pennsylvania's convicted attorney general is a veteran prosecutor and a central figure in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby.

Bruce L. Castor Jr. will take the oath Wednesday to become acting attorney general, five months after Kathleen Kane hired him.

Kane is resigning following Monday's conviction on charges she abused the powers of the state's top law enforcement office by leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up.

Castor is a former two-term district attorney and commissioner in Montgomery County. He ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2004.

Castor declined to charge Cosby a decade ago when he investigated a former Temple University employee's claim the entertainer had molested her.

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