By Nigel Boys
Pennsylvania Attorney General Katherine Kane, who will go on trial later this year after being accused of leaking confidential grand jury information to a reporter and lying about it under oath, announced on Tuesday that she will not be seeking a second term.
While she claimed she would rather focus more on her home life, Kane has also dropped a lot of other government officials in hot water by exposing how they allegedly exchanged vulgar emails and p*rnographic content.
Kane denies the charges against her, claiming that she is being targeted for exposing the p*rnographic emails in state government, which included employees in her own office, according to Christian News.net.
“I am a mother first and foremost. Because at the end of my life, I hope that history judges me well, but that’s for time to tell,” Kane said this week. “I hope more, that God and my sons, judge me well,” she added.
Christopher Abruzzo and Randy Feather, the former Environmental Protections Secretary and Board of Probation and Parole member, respectively, resigned following the announcement of Kane’s findings about p*rnographic content shared online in September last year.
Following the resignations, Seamus McCaffery, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, who was accused of sending eight explicit emails to an employee in Kane’s office, also stepped down. The Court of Judicial Discipline also suspended Justice J. Michael Eakin after Kane’s revelations.
Almost two dozen state employees were reprimanded over the inappropriate emails and six were fired. Kane also named Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and former spokesman for then Governor Tom Corbett, Kevin Harley, in the deposition.
A special prosecutor is continuing an investigation into the matter after receiving over one million emails sent or received by employees from the Attorney General last December.
The revelations were uncovered after convicted child molester, Jerry Sandusky, took over three years to prosecute and Kane decided to look into the matter of why it took so long, according to reports.
“It’s a mess,” Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli told reporters in November regarding the messages, video and photos sent and received during the period 2008 and 2012, including racist remarks or untoward comments about homos*xuals.
“Accusations and counter-accusations,” Morganelli continued about the emails which included demeaning comments about religion as well as s*xually graphic content. “And it gets worse every day. It’s like going into a war zone,” he added.
“I think there will be an avalanche if this is all released, and I think there will be a housecleaning unlike any we have ever seen,” Terry Mutchler, former director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, told WTAE television.
Kane believes that instead of trying to remove her from office and impeach her for alleged perjury, which the Pennsylvania Senate failed to obtain sufficient votes to do so last week, officials should rather focus on those using government computers to send p*rn.
“If the legislature spent a fraction of the time investigating this content as it has on the one individual who exposed it, we could start to restore credibility to our judicial system and give Pennsylvanians a system of justice in which they can be proud,” Kane said on Tuesday in Scranton. “I told you I would fight corruption, and I’m fighting corruption, regardless of the personal cost to me,” she added.
While Governor Tom Wolf has called for Kane’s resignation this week, the House Subcommittee on Courts is expected to decide whether or not she should be impeached.
Kane said in August that the blame for the current mess of the Pennsylvania legislative system lies squarely on the shoulders of those who began sending p*rnographic, racially and religiously offensive emails to one another. She added that those who abused government computers on government time, which included state prosecutors and judges, should have been doing something more productive.