Kane is investigated in case where she allegedly released confidential grand jury statements meant to embarrass two of her opponents who had told the Philadelphia Inquirer that she willingly killed off an undercover operation which was set to prosecute several corrupt Democratic officials, due to her being in the same party. Prosecution also accuses her of lying under oath afterwards.
The Attorney General is accused on multiple charges including official oppression, perjury, criminal conspiracy, obstructing administration of law and false swearing. She has not entered a plea yet and was reported to offer only one-word answers to Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar at the hearing. As a result of the arraignment, Judge Kelly scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for August 24 and also set Kane’s bail at $10,000.
However, Kane’s position seems to be firmly set, even though she doesn’t do much in the way of commenting on the matter. Judging by what her attorneys said though, there is little chance of a confession in the near future. Attorney Gerard Shargel released a press statement on Thursday, the same day the criminal complaint was filed against her client, stating that they will probably enter a not guilty plea and upholding her innocence in the matter. Another one of her attorneys also stated that Kane had no plans to resign from her position.
The article which started the whole debacle was a March 2014 investigative report by Angela Couloumbis and Craig McCoy of the Philadelphia Inquirer, which claimed the fact that an undercover investigation between 2010 and 2013 had several Democrats, some even part of Philadelphia’s state house delegation, caught taking bribes. It also said that it was killed despite being incredibly solid when Kane took the office in 2013.
According to the article, Kane insisted for the case being dropped due to it being reportedly flawed and racially targeted, but also reviewed the case beforehand together with the FBI. While nothing is known about the FBI’s recommendation in the matter, the article also states that then District Attorney Ed Marsico, a Republican, also reviewed the case together with Kane’s team and found that it could hardly be prosecuted, though he allegedly admitted to only reviewing a summary and not full case files.
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