March 17, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned. Yet no one was charged with a crime. Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general. After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down. In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.
May 18, 2015 |
It was probably inevitable. The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the sting corruption case, is seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, saying she was targeted for prosecution because she is African American. To make his case, the lawyer cites Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's repeated statements that the case may have been tainted by racial prejudice. "The elected attorney general of this Commonwealth declined to prosecute this matter," lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. wrote in a legal brief filed this month.
April 22, 2015 |
A former Pennsylvania undercover agent has sued Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for defamation, saying she made false statements about his role in a "sting" operation that caught Philadelphia elected officials on tape pocketing money. Claude Thomas, who posed as the driver for the lobbyist turned operative in the sting, said Kane falsely told the public that he had said the operation had a racial agenda, targeting blacks and exempting whites. Thomas notes in the suit that he is African American.
January 10, 2015 |
The special prosecutor and grand jury investigating allegations that Pennsylvania 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. Some of those familiar with the grand jury presentment say it recommended charges that included perjury and contempt of court.
April 11, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The judge presiding over the investigation into alleged leaks by state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Thursday that he would look into Kane's firing this week of a top aide who had testified against her. In a brief interview, Judge William R. Carpenter declined to discuss his inquiry or possible sanctions, but made clear that an order he issued in the fall to protect witnesses in the case from retaliation or harassment had...
March 19, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday that she believed leading Philadelphia Democrats ensnared in an undercover sting operation committed crimes, but that the case against them was so badly mishandled by her predecessors that it could not be prosecuted. Responding to a report in Sunday's Inquirer that five public officials, including four state legislators from Philadelphia, were captured on tape accepting cash, gifts, or money orders, Kane said she had no choice but to shut down the investigation.
December 11, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - As she faces a grand jury probe into alleged leaks, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is once again reshuffling her top staff. On Tuesday, Kane named a former top aide to the Arkansas attorney general as her chief of staff. Kane also said she would be hiring a new communications director - her fourth top communications staffer in less than two years. According to Kane's office, Blake Rutherford will become chief of staff, a position that Kane's predecessors used but one she chose not to fill after taking office.
January 26, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has said it was about transparency: The public needed to know about a criminal investigation that ended without charges against a prominent Philadelphia civil rights leader. Her critics say it was about something else: payback. Many details of the leak that now threatens to derail Kane's career remain mysterious - even as a statewide grand jury has concluded that her office "improperly and unlawfully" released confidential materials related to a 2009 case.
June 29, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - On Monday, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said she would "love to sit all day" and answer questions about her office's review of why her predecessors took so long to bring charges against serial child-abuser Jerry Sandusky. That was before her office acknowledged that she erred on a key and emotionally charged question: whether any children had been abused by Sandusky while the 33-month-long state investigation was ongoing. On Friday, Kane refused to answer questions about the issue or clarify her comments.
March 27, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's communications director is leaving his job, her office confirmed today. In a statement issued by her office, Kane did not say if Joe Peters resigned or was let go. Peters could not be reached for comment. The departure comes at a time when Kane is under heightened scrutiny after the Inquirer revealed she had shut down an investigation in which four Philadelphia state legislators and a traffic court judge were recorded taking payoffs.