AG Kane ousts Judge Fuedale
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has succeeded in ousting a state judge who specialized in overseeing secret, statewide grand jury investigations.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday that the state Supreme Court sided with Kane in May in her effort to remove Barry Feudale from the position. The proceedings were kept under seal and the Inquirer didn’t say how it learned about it.
The paper says Kane made the move after discovering an email Feudale sent to a former top state prosecutor criticizing both Kane and her predecessor, Linda Kelly, who Gov. Tom Corbett appointed to finish his second term. She also cited an incident that Feudale says was taken out of context when he stopped by her offices and showed a secretary a 10-inch Gurkha dagger.
Feudale, who lives in the Shamokin area, is a former Northumberland County Common Pleas court judge, who retired several years ago to accept senior status. He has overseen numerous high profile cases including some grand jury looking into the Penn State child rape cover-up allegations..