Sources: Search warrants served at offices of Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane

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Sources tell Action News that search warrants were served at two offices of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

HARRISBURG (WPVI) -- Sources tell Action News that search warrants were served at two offices of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

They were served Friday afternoon at Kane's Harrisburg and Norristown offices.

Sources say the warrants were seeking unspecified records and other information.

Action News was told 'No comment' when we asked for more details.

Calls to Kane's offices have not been returned.

This is just the latest in Kane's legal saga.

Also on Friday, a judge said she must explain whether her firing of a prosecutor violated his order not to retaliate against witnesses in an investigation of an alleged leak of secret grand jury information.

The order by Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter, who oversaw the grand jury investigation, came two days after Kane's office fired a prosecutor who had testified before the panel.

The grand jury recommended in January that Kane be charged with perjury, obstruction, false swearing and official oppression stemming from allegations that her office gave secret investigative material to a newspaper last year. Its written report has not been disclosed publicly and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is looking into its findings.

Kane has said she is not guilty of leaking secret information.

Carpenter set an April 27 hearing for Kane to appear before him. The attorney general's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

James Barker was abruptly fired Wednesday after six years at the attorney general's office, where he was in charge of the office's criminal appeals cases and grand juries. Barker said he had had no disciplinary issues during his time in the office.

But the attorney general's office said Thursday that Barker's firing came amid a restructuring of his unit, and cited "supervisory accountability" amid news reports on cases about matters before a grand jury that were supposed to be kept secret. The office has not referred to any particular leaks or cases.

Barker said he should have been covered by Carpenter's protective order issued Sept. 17 that was designed to shield witnesses from retaliation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.