Pennsylvania Attorney General Says She's Victim of Porn-Obsessed Men

Kathleen Kane

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The first woman and first Democrat to ever be elected to serve as attorney general in Pennsylvania — it was a landslide victory, the result of a campaign that pitted her against the good old boys’ political establishment — might wind up being the first female Democrat attorney general to do time in a Pennsylvania prison cell.

Kathleen Kane is accused of leaking grand jury information to reporters to get back at former state prosecutors she believed had embarrassed her in the press.

“Moreover, the evidence shows that Attorney General Kane undertook these actions seeking vengeance and retribution against other law enforcement professionals,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.

Ferman also said Kane used her aides to spy on office employees and keep an eye on the grand jury probe into allegations that information had been leaked from her office. Kane faces six charges including perjury, abuse of office, and criminal conspiracy.

Ferman also said in a statement that Kane had “endeavored to cover up her wrongdoing by offering dishonest testimony. She deliberately attempted to deceive the Investigating Grand Jury regarding both her conduct and her legal culpability.”

Kane did not enter a plea when she was arraigned on the criminal charges on Aug. 8. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. Kane is next scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing that will be held Aug. 24 to determine if there is enough evidence to take the case to court.

Although Kane stood mute at the arraignment, she has proclaimed her innocence and said the charges are the result of a plot concocted by men who are upset she discovered their dirty secret: an obsession with downloading pornography while they sat at their desks in Pennsylvania state offices.

“We’re very confident that when all of the facts of the case come out that she’s going to be exonerated,” one of her attorneys, Ross Kramer, told reporters after the arraignment.

“She has no plans to resign from her position. We think that the charges tell only a very small part of the story in this case and we think there is a lot more that’s going to come out over time and we think that as people get a full sense of what the story is in the case that the narrative will look very different than it does right now.”

On the website, truthaboutkathleenkane.com, Kane claims it all started when she was involved in the child sex abuse investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

“During that investigation, thousands of emails were discovered sent and received by Pennsylvania public officials that contained pornographic materials,” Kane said in a statement.

Kane’s lead defense attorney, Lanny J. Davis, said the men who were found to be spending time with porn on the public payroll responded by launching a vendetta against his client.

“This investigation is a railroad train driven by men with grudges – men who are bitter and angry at being exposed and professionally embarrassed; and men who have political agendas – trying to railroad Kathleen Kane out of office and destroy her career,” said Davis.

It might seem Kane would be able to count on the support of fellow Democrats, but evidently not.