Ex-prosecutor to lead Sandusky probe Koplinski to run for lt. governor
HARRISBURG -- Keeping a campaign promise, Pennsylvania's new attorney general appointed a special deputy Monday to investigate Gov. Tom Corbett's handling of the Penn State child sexual abuse case and why it took so long to bring charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The appointee, H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., is "a highly respected former federal prosecutor who will assist us in providing a comprehensive and independent examination of the facts," Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a news release announcing the move.
Kane had pledged during her campaign last year to investigate why it took the attorney general's office nearly three years to charge Sandusky. Corbett, a Republican, was the attorney general for most of that time, which included his 2010 campaign for governor. He cites the successful prosecution as proof that the state investigation was effective and denied playing politics with the probe.
Moulton, 54, a part-time associate professor at the Widener University School of Law, spent eight years as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia-based federal courts. That included four years as first assistant U.S. attorney, supervising 130 lawyers and all major cases.
HARRISBURG -- Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski on Monday became the first candidate for the May 2014 primary race for lieutenant governor.
Koplinski, a councilman for five years, announced at the Capitol that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the No. 2 executive-branch slot in state government.
He vowed to be an advocate for municipal governments and said his experience dealing with Harrisburg's fiscal crisis underscored the need for reforms to give cities and towns more flexibility to raise revenue.
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has said he plans to seek a second term next year.