HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania attorney general's office canceled a news conference scheduled for Tuesday that was to announce preliminary results of an investigation into inappropriate emails found on state servers.
Solicitor General Bruce L. Castor Jr. said Monday that he determined that the working draft report wasn't comprehensive and contained too much redacted material. He said he had believed the full unredacted report would be available by the end of May, but the investigators were unable to comply with what he called his "aggressive timetable," so he saw no alternative other than granting more time for the comprehensive report to be completed.
"An opportunity to present the independent investigators' findings will be scheduled over the summer," Castor said in a statement.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane in December ordered the review by former Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler of offensive, sometimes raunchy and sometimes pornographic material shared among judges, prosecutors and others in the criminal justice system.
Gansler said in March that it was unlikely that the probe would result in criminal charges but indicated that he intended to make all of the material public. He said he would identify judges and judicial employees and workers in the attorney general's office who forwarded the messages to others, but not employees who merely received the emails.
The email scandal has led to resignations, firings or disciplinary action as well as the retirement of two state Supreme Court justices and ethics charges against one of them. Kane, a Democrat who is not running for re-election, faces an August trial on charges that she leaked secret grand jury material, allegations she denies.
Kane has said that the criminal investigation into her was spurred by former state prosecutors who were afraid that she would reveal the existence of the pornographic emails.