AG Kathleen Kane’s Defense: Dirty Old Men are Out to Get Me!

On Monday MDN told you that Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s anti-drilling Attorney General, had been arrested and fingerprinted on a felony charge of perjury, plus various misdemeanor charges (see PA’s Anti-Drilling AG Kathleen Kane Arrested, Fingerprinted). We told you the charges against Kane have nothing to do with the Marcellus industry that she so zealously persecutes, but we’ll be darned if the Marcellus, in a roundabout way, hasn’t crept into this ongoing saga. Yesterday Kane held a press conference where she a) avoided responding to or commenting on the very serious charges against her, and b) instead claimed people are out to get her because of a case her office prosecuted last year in which she found, in going over old emails from before she took office, that some state employees swapped pornographic emails using government computers. That case that led to the resignation of a state Supreme Court judge and also the resignation of then-Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection Chris Abruzzo (see PA DEP Sec. Chris Abruzzo Resigns Following Porn Email Scandal). Abruzzo was liked by the Marcellus industry. Kane’s performance yesterday was, frankly, sad and somewhat bizarre. It appears the pressure is causing her to self-destruct right before our eyes. Her “defense” was not a denial that she leaked privileged information to a reporter in an act of revenge against a subordinate (something a grand jury indicted her for)–but that dirty old men are mad that she snooped through their emails, and now they’re out to get her. Kane’s solution? Release the “filthy” emails to distract everyone from her own crimes…

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