Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Report: Grand jury recommends criminal charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane over leaked investigative material

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane meets with the Centre Daily Times editorial board in 2013.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane meets with the Centre Daily Times editorial board in 2013. CDT file photo

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane may soon find herself on the wrong side of the law.

According to a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer, a statewide grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Kane for leaking grand jury testimony to the media.

The newspaper’s report cited several anonymous sources familiar with the grand jury investigation. Those sources reported that the grand jury recommended charges of perjury and contempt of court against the state’s top law enforcement official.

The grand jury, seated in Norristown, has given its findings to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who will determine whether to agree with the findings and arrest the attorney general.

Kane was elected in 2012, the first Democrat and the first woman elected attorney general in state history. Her campaign pledge to review the lengthy Jerry Sandusky investigation conducted by then-attorney general, now Gov. Tom Corbett resulted in a landslide victory.

The subsequent investigation, conducted by H. Geoffrey Moulton, found no political interference but “inexplicable delays” in charging the now-convicted pedophile Sandusky.

Moulton’s probe, however, did reveal numerous pornographic and inappropriate emails being exchanged both inside and outside the Attorney General’s Office. That information has led to numerous resignations and firings and ensnared state Supreme Court justice Seamus McCaffrey, who quit as a result.

Kane has denied breaking any laws in releasing the investigative material.

“The Attorney General has done nothing wrong or illegal and, to my knowledge, there is no credible evidence that she has,” her lawyer, Lanny J. Davis, told the Inquirer. “She told the truth to the grand jury at all times. I hope the district attorney will reach the same conclusion.”