Pittsburgh prosecutor picked for state attorney general
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Linda Kelly … in 1997.
HARRISBURG — Federal prosecutor Linda L. Kelly has been nominated to become state attorney general.
Gov. Tom Corbett announced the nomination today during the first press conference of his three-week-old administration.
Ms. Kelly, 61, is a top litigator in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh and has served as interim U.S. attorney.
In one high-profile case three years ago, she prosecuted members of a militia group who said they wanted to kill police officers and politicians, and who secretly made explosives.
She worked as Mr. Corbett’s first assistant during the early ’90s when he was U.S. attorney in that office.
If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Kelly would be the first woman to hold the post since 1961.
“It will be a new and very challenge role I will be taking,” Ms. Kelly said. “I very much look forward to working with the good men and women of the attorney general’s office both here in Harrisburg and throughout the state of Pennsylvania.”
She will fill the two years remaining in Mr. Corbett’s term as attorney general, a job he left to become governor.
Ms. Kelly will not seek election to a full term.
For weeks, rumors circulated that Ms. Kelly would get the nomination, but Mr. Corbett’s office kept mum until today.
As attorney general she will inherit Mr. Corbett’s office’s four-year investigation into government corruption.
Several top legislative staffers and high-ranking lawmakers were ensnared in the probe, which began as an investigation into the distribution of publicly funded bonuses to aides who worked on campaigns.
Prosecutors have said that the investigation is continuing and that they are investigating all four caucuses. However, so far no senators or Senate staffers have been implicated.
Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless, was charged in a separate corruption investigation by Allegheny County prosecutors.
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