In Re: 35th Statewide Inv Grand Jury (opinion announcing the judgment of the court)Annotate this Case
In the Spring of 2014, the supervising judge for the Thirty-Fifth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury found that there were reasonable grounds to believe that an investigation should be conducted into allegations that grand jury secrecy had been compromised. The work of a Special Prosecutor culminated in a grand jury presentment recommending the filing of criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Through the filing of an action in quo warranto, Attorney General Kane asked the Supreme Court to quash the appointment of a special prosecutor investigating violations of grand jury secrecy requirements. The Supreme Court affirmed, concluding that the supervising judge acted within his authority and sound prerogative in appointing the Special Prosecutor: "although we recognize that there are legitimate concerns arising out of a judicial appointment of a special prosecutor, we follow the approach of the United States Supreme Court and the many other jurisdictions which have found such appointments proper as an essential means to vindicate the courts' own authority." The request for quo warranto relief was denied.