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Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Will Not Step Down

Saturday, 10 Jan 2015 02:53 PM

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will not step down if she is indicted for leaking grand jury information, her attorney told reporters on Saturday.

Kane, the first woman in the position and the first Democrat since it became an electoral office in 1980, has been under investigation since June after allegations surfaced that her office leaked grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News for a story that suggested her Republican predecessor botched an important investigation.

Lanny Davis, Kane's Washington, D.C., -based attorney, said the allegations were fabricated by men who have been challenged by Kane professionally and are angry because of it.

"She cares about presumption of innocence," Davis said about Kane. "She is now the victim of railroad justice."

This week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the grand jury investigating the leaks had recommended perjury charges and contempt of court charges against Kane.

Davis said she could not confirm the Inquirer's report. Charges against Kane have not been filed.

Kane, elected in 2012, ran for office on promises that she would investigate why it took so long for investigators to lodge child molestation charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Her office's review found that there were delays in the investigation but found no evidence of a political motivation for the delays.

Since then, Kane has periodically sparred with the investigators in the Sandusky case in a series of disclosures over other investigations.

Her office's review of Sandusky investigators found that a ring of state employees passed around pornographic emails, leading to the resignation of one member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Kane has come under fire for failing to prosecute several Philadelphia politicians for corruption.

That probe has been taken over by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

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