State Supreme Court releases documents in case against Attorney General Kane

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Emails in Kane investigation include porn, allege threats.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania court officials released about a thousand pages of records Wednesday from an investigation that produced criminal charges against the state’s attorney general, including sexually explicit emails she has sought to make public as part of her defense. A plurality of Pennsylvanians says state Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign, and more than half disapprove of her job performance, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The documents include scores of emailed images of nude or scantily clad women, some involving sexual acts, distributed among prosecutors and agents who were employees of the office at the time. Patrick Reese will remain on the job, the spokesman said, despite an internal policy that requires suspension after an employee has been charged with criminal conduct related to their employment with the state. Kane, a Democrat, allegedly targeted Frank Fina, then a high-profile state prosecutor who had worked under Kane’s predecessor as attorney general, Republican Tom Corbett, before Corbett was elected governor.

Kane’s office decided that the allegations against Reese did not rise to the level of a suspension and that office policy never envisioned this kind of situation, spokesman Chuck Ardo said. “They determined that the policy as written never envisioned an alleged violation such as the one in this case, which involves accessing a computer in violation of the rules,” Ardo said. While she failed in her bid to have the charges dismissed, Kane did claim one victory Monday, when photographers hoping to get a shot of her walking into court were duped in spectacular fashion. Montgomery County prosecutors charged Reese with criminal contempt on Aug. 6, the same day they charged Kane with perjury, obstruction and other charges.

Other records detail a battle over a protective order issued last year by Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter, who oversaw the grand jury that recommended charges against Kane. Reese is accused of violating a Montgomery County judge’s protective order by searching the attorney general’s office email archive for information about a court-ordered grand jury probe last year into allegations Kane leaked investigative information to a newspaper. After [Kane entered] the courtroom, photographers and reporters waiting outside in the hallway griped about only getting shots of the attorney general’s twin sister. Monday’s hearing was the latest chapter in the saga of Frank Fina and Kathleen Kane, which has all the pettiness and backstabbing that one expects from a good state-politics feud.

Kane declined in 2014 to prosecute Democratic Pennsylvania lawmakers accused of taking bribes in a sting case Fina put together, with Kane implying that Fina was motivated by racism to target Black Caucus members. Meanwhile, Kane said Tuesday that her office may not fight open-records requests to release more details about pornographic emails discovered on state computers. During Monday’s preliminary hearing, Kane’s attorney Gerald Shargel argued that media scrutiny of Mondesire’s leadership at the NAACP had already destroyed his reputation before Kane had a chance to. “You can’t destroy it a second time,” Shargel said, according to the Morning Call. Fina and Costanzo wrote to Carpenter last year to seek an investigation into a leak to the Philadelphia Daily News of material from a 2009 grand jury investigation. Prosecutors called his contention that a person previously accused of wrongdoing couldn’t be further disparaged “absurd.” Shargel further claimed that if Kane had been out to discredit Fina, who now works for the Philadelphia district attorney, she didn’t need to accuse him of dropping the ball in prosecuting Mondesire.

A chain of “X-rated” office emails Kane discovered during an internal investigation into Fina’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky molestation case, Shargel said, had provided a much easier option: “The attorney general knew full well that Mr. Kane faces charges that also include obstruction and conspiracy for allegedly leaking grand jury material and then lying about it, allegations she has vigorously denied.

Fina had a pornography collection of thousands and thousands of images, inappropriate statements, misogynist points of view and disgraceful conduct,” [Shargel] said. Evidently unswayed by Shargel’s arguments, Judge Rebar ended the four-hour hearing by denying his motion to dismiss and ordering Kane to stand trial on all charges, with her arraignment scheduled for Oct. 14. Kane’s driver, former Dunmore, Pennsylvania police chief Patrick Reese, is due in court in early September on charges that he snooped in grand jury files to report back to Kane on which of her subordinates had been cooperating in the current investigation against her.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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