At­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice to is­sue re­port on ex­plicit emails

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

A re­port from a law firm re­view­ing ex­plicit and ob­jec­tion­able emails re­cov­ered from com­put­ers in the Penn­syl­va­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice will be re­leased next week, a spokesman for the AG’s of­fice said Thurs­day.

A team led by for­mer Mary­land At­tor­ney Gen­eral Doug Gansler was hired nearly a year ago to comb through mil­lions of emails and re­port what they found.

Chuck Ardo, a spokesman for At­tor­ney Gen­eral Bruce Beemer, said the agency plans to re­lease in­for­ma­tion about the emails in the mid­dle of next week. He did not dis­close how much de­tail will be made public.

Dozens of em­ploy­ees of the of­fice have been dis­ci­plined for ex­chang­ing emails. Those emails were dis­cov­ered dur­ing a sep­a­rate in­ter­nal re­view of how state pros­e­cu­tors han­dled the child mo­lesta­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion of for­mer Penn State as­sis­tant foot­ball coach Jerry San­dusky.

For­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Kath­leen Kane com­mis­sioned the Gansler team’s re­view last year. She called it “a unique op­por­tu­nity to see the prob­lem, hid­den away for many years, ad­dress the prob­lem and progress as a com­mon­wealth.”

She de­scribed the emails as “racist, misog­y­nis­tic, ho­mo­pho­bic and re­li­giously of­fen­sive” and has pre­vi­ously dis­closed thou­sands of them to re­porters and to the wider public.

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