Friday, October 3, 2014

Attorney at the PADEP follows his boss out the door

             Another top Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) official is out of work 
in the wake of an email scandal that has rocked Pennsylvania state government.

Deputy Chief Counsel Glenn Parno’s resignation has been accepted by Gov. Tom Corbett, the governor's office said in a statement Thursday night.

The resignation of Parno’s boss, DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo, was announced in a news release from the Governor's Office hours earlier.

Abruzzo and Parno were named by Attorney General Kathleen Kane in an investigation of sexually explicit emails that had been sent or received by state government email addresses.
Corbett said that his administration had asked for emails in and out of the Attorney General's office between 2008 and 2012 when Abruzzo, Parno and others worked there. Corbett said he received information Thursday about Abruzzo, Parno and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

The Governor exonerates Noonan
“Information received regarding State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan’s account indicates that he did not participate in opening, originating, forwarding or replying to any message," Corbett said in the statement. "It is important that Commissioner Noonan remain focused on the critical public safety mission he is leading in the manhunt for Eric Frein and that there is no disruption in the work underway in this case.
The three members of Mr. Corbett’s administration were among eight men whom aides to Ms. Kane identified last week. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the aides invited reporters to the attorney general’s Harrisburg offices Sept. 25 to view what they described as a sample of the photographs of naked women and videos of sex acts allegedly found in the old email accounts,

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice also identified
The circle of alleged participants broadened Thursday when the Morning Call of Allentown reported that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery had forwarded at least eight sexually explicit emails to an employee of the attorney general’s office. The newspaper reviewed emails sent from Justice McCaffery’s personal email account.
The Post-Gazette says that Chief Justice Ronald Castille has asked the attorney general’s office to identify any judicial official who participated in the alleged exchange. Such behavior could violate the judicial code of conduct, he said earlier this week.
Ms. Kane, a Democrat, uncovered the emails as she fulfilled her campaign pledge to review how the attorney general’s office handled the investigation of child sexual abuse by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The case arrived at the office during the tenure of Mr. Corbett, a Republican, as attorney general.

Related news stories:

Pennsylvania DEP secretary, lawyer resign amid email scandal
Pennsylvania State Police commissioner cleared in controversy over pornographic emails
Two top DEP officials resign over porn e-mails

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