Well, it’s official: “A grand jury has recommended that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane face charges of perjury and abusing the authority of her office, according to court documents made public Wednesday… The panel investigated allegations that someone in Kane’s office leaked secret grand jury material to retaliate against her critics. Whether to charge Kane remains in the hands of Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.” I say ‘official’ because it was only a rumor a few weeks ago; but now we know that a grand jury wants to see the Democratic Attorney General for Pennsylvania be put on trial for felony perjury.
What happens next? Well, AG Kane is currently being defiant about the whole thing: we’ll see how that holds up against an actual indictment – or whether the PA political system will accept a resignation in lieu of indictment. Either way, Pennsylvania Democrats just lost one of their better future prospects. And ain’t that a shame.
PS: Perjury is how they get you. Every. Single. Time.
To be fair: it hasn’t actually happened yet. And an indictment isn’t a conviction. Still… oopsie?
The special prosecutor and grand jury investigating allegations that Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked secret information to a newspaper have found evidence of wrongdoing and recommended that she be criminally charged, according to numerous people familiar with the decision. […] The panel concluded that Kane violated grand-jury secrecy rules by leaking investigative material in a bid to embarrass political enemies, sources said.
Continue reading Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) *may* be indicted soon.
NAME! THAT! PARTY!!!!!
Here are the facts, which are not in dispute: in 2013 a woman employed as a typist at Pennsylvania’s Rockview State Prison was brutally raped by Omar Best, a man with a long and vicious history of previous violent assault and rape convictions. After Best’s conviction – he’s serving a life sentence for this, because apparently we just can’t hang serial rapists anymore and then go home to our dinners – the victim proceeded to sue everyone involved, both individually and collectively. There’s considerable evidence that PA’s Department of Corrections, both individually and collectively, put the victim at extreme risks, over her explicit objections; so you’d think that the state would settle, right?
Well… turns out that the Attorney General’s office is an elected position, and the Democrat who runs it – Kathleen Kane – runs an interesting kind of shop out there. Oh, and before we go any further: I’m telling you that Kane is a Democrat because, apparently, nobody else will. Anyway, on Tuesday it came out that the AG’s office decided to base its defense of the DoC on the novel strategy of blaming the victim for getting raped: Continue reading Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane’s (D) on-again, off-again blame-the-victim tactics in rape lawsuit.
I was going to do a background paragraph on the story, but the first line of this article makes it redundant: “State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired one of the most feared litigators in the region, Richard A. Sprague, to represent her in possible defamation suits arising from accounts of her decision to end an undercover investigation that taped at least five Philadelphia Democrats accepting cash or gifts.” Basically, AG Kane shut down the sting operation after being elected in 2012: there is a big brouhaha over whether this was politically motivated. Well, actually, no: there is a big brouhaha over whether people can prove that shutting down the investigation was politically motivated. AG Kane is certainly acting like somebody who is nervous about a subpoena.
Yeah, I know: a heck of a thing to say about a state Attorney General. Mind you, as Hot Air points out, this escalated quickly from racism accusations to threatening lawsuits, which is the real reason why people are raising their eyebrows. The problem here is that apparently they’ve got hard evidence that people took bribes: relatively modest ones, but bribes nonetheless. That is not acceptable behavior for politicians. Neither is shutting down an investigation that has this kind of evidence. Kathleen Kane has a good deal to answer for, including precisely why she is trying so hard to shut down this story…
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: The paper is certainly treating this… “During the meeting, Sprague suggested that The Inquirer may have been used by the sources of its stories – “wittingly or unwittingly” as a “weapon” to attack Kane to defend themselves from potential charges of wrongdoing in the management of the probe.” …as a personal threat against them. So would I, frankly.
PPS: Tom Corbett may be, by the way, the luckiest governor in the US right now. Assuming that he has the mother-wit to come down upon this story like a hammer from orbit.