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- August 16, 2016

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY'S CONTEMPT FOR THE JUSTICE SYSTEM HITS NEW HEIGHTS

The First Elected Democrat Attorney General In Pennsylvania's History Turns Criminal Before The End Of Her First Term In Office

Kathleen Kane, The First Democrat Ever Elected To The Position Of Pennsylvania Attorney General, Officially Became A Convicted Criminal Yesterday. "She was a rising Democratic star. She was the first in her party to be elected state attorney general. She was one of the most powerful women in Pennsylvania. But on Monday night, Kathleen G. Kane, the state's top prosecutor, became a convicted criminal." (Jess Bidgood, Pennsylvania's Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts, The New York Times, 8/15/16)

  • Kane Was Only In Her First Term In Office. "Ms. Kane was elected in 2012. The first half of her tenure was marked with moments that she claimed as successes, like closing a loophole in gun laws. But she soon became embroiled in scandal, in a state with a rich history of them." (Jess Bidgood, Pennsylvania's Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts, The New York Times, 8/15/16)

Kane Was Convicted Of Politically Motivated Crimes, Which Undermined The Pennsylvania Justice System

Yesterday, A Jury Kane Guilty Of Nine Criminal Charges Including Perjury, Criminal Conspiracy, Leaking Grand Jury Information, And Lying Under Oath "To Discredit A Political Rival." "A jury found Ms. Kane, 50, guilty of nine criminal charges, including perjury and criminal conspiracy, convicting her of leaking grand jury information, and then lying about it, in an effort to discredit a political rival." (Jess Bidgood, "Pennsylvania's Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts," The New York Times, 8/15/16)

  • The Criminal Charges "Alleged That Kane Acted On Anger About A Local Newspaper Article That Accused Her Of Dropping An Investigation Into Politicians Accepting Bribes." "The criminal charges were filed against Kane last August. They alleged that Kane acted on anger about a local newspaper article that accused her of dropping an investigation into politicians accepting bribes. To get back at her predecessors, the complaint said Kane leaked sealed, confidential grand jury documents to the media and then lied under oath." (Susannah Cullinane, "Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Found Guilty," CNN, 8/16/16)
  • Kane "Denied Leaking Confidential Information About Grand Jury Deliberations To The Media And Then Attempting To Cover It Up, In An Effort To Harm Her Predecessor." "Kane, a Democrat elected in 2012, had denied leaking confidential information about grand jury deliberations to the media and then attempting to cover it up, in an effort to harm her predecessor." (Susannah Cullinane, "Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Found Guilty," CNN, 8/16/16)

When Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy Spoke To Kane After The Verdict, She Sternly Warned Her "There Is To Be Absolutely No Retaliation Of Any Kind Against Any Witnesses In This Case" With The Threat Of Incarceration If She Failed To Comply. "And when Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy returned to the courtroom, she turned directly to Ms. Kane with a stern warning, her words slicing through the silence. 'There is to be absolutely no retaliation of any kind against any witness in this case, either by your own devices, from your own mouth or your hand, or directing anybody to do anything,' the judge said. She threatened Ms. Kane, who is currently free on bail, with immediate incarceration if she failed to comply." (Jess Bidgood, "Pennsylvania's Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts," The New York Times, 8/15/16)

Kane Could Face Prison Time, As The Two Felony Perjury Charges Alone Carry Seven Years Each. "The judge has not yet set a sentencing hearing, but Ms. Kane could face prison time. The two felony perjury charges alone each carry up to seven years in prison." (Jess Bidgood, "Pennsylvania's Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts," The New York Times, 8/15/16)

  • Governor Tom Wolf (D) Renewed His Call For Kane To Step Down After The 'Guilty' Verdict Was Rendered. "After the verdict, Gov. Tom Wolf immediately renewed his call for her to step down. 'The Office of Attorney General and its employees, as well as the people of Pennsylvania deserve to move on,' Mr. Wolf said in a statement." (Jess Bidgood, "Pennsylvania's Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts," The New York Times, 8/15/16)
  • Kane Has Previously Resisted Calls To Step Down As AG. "Kane had previously resisted calls to step down, saying resignation would be an admission of guilt 'and I'm not guilty.'" (Susannah Cullinane, "Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Found Guilty," CNN, 8/16/16)

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The Trial Was Full Of "Bizarre Incidents" Including Kane Releasing Sexually Explicit Emails And Using Her Sister As A Decoy To Avoid Cameras. MSNBC's JOE SCARBOROUGH: "Alright Pennsylvania's Attorney General has been convicted of leaking grand jury information pretty pretty crazy trial there." MSNBC's KASIE HUNT: "Yeah you may remember this, I'm going to go with pornographic with many of these emails Kathleen Kane the Attorney General of Pennsylvania found guilty last night on nine counts including perjury and criminal conspiracy. Prosecutors argued Kane leaked documents to the media to discredit a former state prosecutor and then lied to cover it up. Her Defense Attorney says she plans to appeal her conviction and she was wrongly accused. Kane, who was the first woman and first Democrat elected as Pennsylvania's Attorney General faces up to 7 years in prison. Her trial saw many bizarre incidents including her decision to release hundreds of sexually explicit and racist emails sent between Pennsylvania public officials on government accounts, don't read them with your kids. There was also this moment last August, Kane's sister who is dressed in the black, you can see it there walked in front of the actual attorney general who came into court wearing a red dress to fake out photographers." SCARBOROUGH: "Ok. That's crazy." ( MSNBC, 8/16/16)

While Kane's Actions Cost Two State Supreme Court Justices And Other State Officials Their Jobs, Kane Has Stayed On As AG Despite Losing Her Law License. "Ms. Kane was caught up in a web of scandal and counterscandal, threaded with lewd emails, political rivalries and alleged leaks. It has cost other state officials, including two State Supreme Court justices, their jobs and Ms. Kane her law license, although she has remained on the job as attorney general." (Jess Bidgood, "Pennsylvania's Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts," The New York Times, 8/15/16)

  • Prosecutors Said Of The Verdict That "It Seemed That We Had Somebody Who Felt That She Was Above The Law." "But prosecutors stood by the verdict saying that justice had been done. 'It seemed that we had somebody who felt that she was above the law and that's not the case because no one is above the law.'" (Susannah Cullinane, "Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Found Guilty," CNN, 8/16/16)

Kane's Guilty Verdict Made Headlines In Pennsylvania

The Citizen's Voice Front Page Headline: "Kane Guilty: Attorney General Convicted In Perjury And Obstruction Case." (Jessica Griffin, "Kane Guilty: Attorney General Convicted In Perjury And Obstruction Case," The Citizen's Voice, 8/16/16)

The Philadelphia Inquirer Front Page Headline: "Kane Guilty: Pa. Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts." (Craig McCoy And Angela Couloumbis And Laura McCrystal, "Kane Guilty: Pa. Attorney General Is Convicted On All Counts," The Philadelphia Inquirer , 8/16/16)

The Reporter Front Page Headline: "Jurors Find AG Kane Guilty." (Carl Hessler Jr., The Reporter, "Jurors Find AG Kane Guilty," 8/16/16)

The Times-Tribune Front Page Headline: "Convicted." (Terrie Morgan-Besecker And Robert Swift, The Times-Tribune, 8/16/16)

The Morning Call Front Page Headline: "Kane Guilty." (Peter Hall And Steve Esack, "Kane Guilty," The Morning Call, 8/16/16)

Kane Has Close Ties To The Clintons

Kane Worked On Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential Bid. "President Bill Clinton did a fundraiser for Kane, who she had worked on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid; Murphy responded by securing the endorsement of Obama adviser David Axelrod." (Juliet Eilperin, "Who Is Kathleen Kane?" The Washington Post , 7/11/13)

  • Kane Directed Hillary Clinton's Campaign Efforts In Northeast Pennsylvania During Her 2008 Presidential Primary Run. "Kane, a former prosecutor from Lackawanna County, was an active supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008. She directed her campaign efforts in northeast Pa." ("Breaking: Bill Clinton Endorses Kane For AG," Politics PA, 3/26/12)

Bill Clinton's Support Of Kane In The Pennsylvania AG Race Was "The Highest-Profile Endorsement Of Any Candidate In Pennsylvania" During The 2012 Cycle. "Former President Bill Clinton has thrown his support behind Kathleen Kane for Pa. Attorney General. It's the highest-profile endorsement of any candidate in Pennsylvania so far this cycle." ("Breaking: Bill Clinton Endorses Kane For AG," Politics PA, 3/26/12)

  • Bill Clinton's Support Of Kane During Her AG Bid Is Another Example Of The Clinton's Settling A Score, This Time Against Patrick Murphy Who Had Endorsed Obama In 2008. "When Kane, the wife of a wealthy Scranton businessman, ran for attorney general last year, she benefited from a Bill Clinton political score that needed to be settled. Her better-known, union-endorsed primary opponent, former Congressman Patrick Murphy, had done the unthinkable in 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the state Democrat primary." (Salena Zito, "Kathleen Kane Is The Democrats' New 'It Girl,'" Real Clear Politics , 12/29/13)
  • "Clinton Repaid That Favor By Fundraising, Endorsing, Cutting Ads, And Bringing Out The Big Guns For Kane Over Murphy." (Salena Zito, "Kathleen Kane Is The Democrats' New 'It Girl,'" Real Clear Politics , 12/29/13)

A Super PAC Called "Ready For Hillary" Met Before Clinton Had Even Begun Her 2016 Campaign. "By now you may have heard that a coalition of Hillary Clinton die-hards has created a Super PAC called Ready for Hillary. This fundraising behemoth is prohibited from coordinating with Madam Secretary's presidential campaign, which is not actually an issue considering we're 700 days away from the New Hampshire primary and no such campaign exists." (Simon van Zuylen-Wood, "There Were Some People Who Were Ready For Hillary Last Night," Philadelphia Magazine, 1/31/14)

  • Kane Attended This Meeting In January 2014. "Other bold-faced politicos in attendance: Attorney General Kathleen Kane, mayoral frontrunner Anthony Hardy Williams, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, PA-13 congressional candidate Val Arkoosh, City Councilmen Bobby Henon and Kenyatta Johnson, plus assorted law/business poobahs." (Simon van Zuylen-Wood, "There Were Some People Who Were Ready For Hillary Last Night," Philadelphia Magazine, 1/31/14)

Kane Left The Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office In 2007 To Work On Hillary Clinton's Presidential Primary Campaign. "Kane, 45, worked for the Lackawanna County district attorney's office for nearly 13 years, prosecuting thousands of cases involving crimes ranging from public corruption to murder. She specialized in cases involving abuse of children and senior citizens, and headed the office's insurance-fraud unit. She left in 2007 to work on Hillary Clinton's campaign for president." (Peter Jackson, "Murphy-Kane Race For AG A Study In Contrasts," Real Clear Politics, 4/14/12)

The Clintons Considered Kane The New Democrat "It Girl" To Keep An Eye On. "Keep an eye on the Democrats' new 'it girl.' With the Clintons guiding her, she might attract more crowds than any Democrat in the state, including Obama." (Saleno Zito, "Kathleen Kane Is the Democrats' New 'It Girl,'" Real Clear Politics , 12/29/13)

  • Real Clear Politics Headline: "Kathleen Kane Is the Democrats' New 'It Girl.'" (Saleno Zito, "Kathleen Kane Is the Democrats' New 'It Girl,'" Real Clear Politics , 12/29/13)

Kane Once Had Longtime Clinton-Confidante Lanny Davis As A Member Of Her Legal Defense Team. "Amidst the looming threat of possible criminal charges, Attorney General Kathleen Kane has parted ways with Lanny Davis, a member of her legal defense team." (Christina Martin, "AG Kane Drops Member Of Legal Defense Team," Philadelphia Business Journal , 7/8/15)

  • Davis Represented Bill Clinton "During Major Public Relations Crises." "Her co-counsel is Lanny Davis, who represented Bill Clinton and Penn State during major public relations crises." (Wallace McKelvey, "Who's Representing Kathleen Kane In The Leak Investigation?" Penn Live, 11/18/14)

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