Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AG Kane scraps investigation suggests racial targeting

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said  her office found evidence of racial targeting in a recently scrapped Philadelphia corruption investigation, reported the Legal Intelligencer. According to Kane, two sources reported to two different government agencies that they were told to only target members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.
"We had two separate individuals reporting to two independent law enforcement agencies. We also had documentary evidence to support that assertion," she said. "This case was done and over before I even took office."
Kane's office shut down the corruption investigation that reportedly involved at least four Philadelphia Democrats accepting payments. The payments, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, ranged from $500 to $2,000.
According to a timeline released by Kane's office, the sting began in October 2010, when Gov. Tom Corbett was the state attorney general. The investigation focused on members of the state General Assembly for alleged violations under the Election Code, the State Ethics Act and the Bribery Statute.
Kane was elected as state attorney general Nov. 6, 2012.  Over 2,000 charges were dismissed against the lead informant on Nov. 30, 2012. Kane, who took office as attorney general Jan. 15, 2013, said she first learned of the investigation at her first staff meeting two days after her swearing-in.
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