Corruption

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Who Said She Was Fighting Corruption Going to Jail

Resigned after being convicted.

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Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, has been sentenced to 10 to 23 months in prison after being convicted of multiple charges related to her efforts to embarrass her political enemies, including conspiracy, obstruction, and two felony perjury charges that carried a maximum sentence of 7 years each.

Kane did not resign her position until she had been convicted, and had insisted late into the process that she was a victim of an "old boys club" network she was trying to dismantle. This as she shut down corruption investigations into Democrats and among her first acts opened a seemingly politically motivated investigation into former Republican Governor Tom Corbett's handling of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal (unsurprisingly, no wrongdoing was found). An investigation into a turnpike pay-to-play scheme led to a number of plea deals but no official serving any jail time.

Her criminal convictions stemmed from documents her office leaked related to a 2009 investigation into an NAACP chapter president led by a prosecutor in her office she considered an enemy and which did not lead to any charges. The leaks were part of an effort to draw attention away from her shut down of the investigation into corrupt Democrats and her failure to secure prison terms for anyone implicated in the turnpike pay-to-play scheme. After her legal woes started, she began to investigate the exchange of pornographic, racist, and misogynistic messages sent by various state employees over government email, including two state Supreme Court justices who eventually resigned.

Wendy Demchick-Alloy, the judge who sentenced Kane, accused her of being a political neophyte who remained a campaigner after winning office. "This case is about ego—the ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One," the judge said. "This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant… felt had embarrassed her in the press."

Former members of her staff testified about the conditions in the office of the attorney general as the district attorney pushed for a stiff sentence. "Through a pattern of systemic firings and Nixonian espionage, she created a terror zone in this office," one prosecutor that worked for her told the court. Kane argued that the consequences of her actions so far—she lost her license to practice law and says she's lost her career and reputation as well—were punishment enough.

In addition to her sentence, Kane will be on probation for eight years.

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  1. Good riddance.

    1. What Courteney Cox Looks Like Now Is Jaw-Dropping!

      1. +1 click.

  2. After her legal woes started, she began to investigate the exchange of pornographic, racist, and misogynistic messages sent by various state employees over government email, including two state Supreme Court justices who eventually resigned.

    Now do you Reason fags understand why Hillary didn’t use government email?

    1. Just shuddered at what Hillary’s porn-stash must contain. BleachBit can’t bleach enough.

      1. Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

      2. Let me throw a handful of descriptors out there: squamous. Rugose. Heaving. Non-Euclidean. Moist.

        1. A highly viscous moisture if anything.

          1. An ichor, if you will.

        2. Moist?!?

          That’s completely uncalled for.

  3. 10 to 23 months seems a little light…

    1. She’ll be out just in time to run for Congress in the 2018 midterms.

      1. She’s a shoo-in for President Clinton’s Chief of Staff.

    2. For a prosecutor, that’s basically a capital sentence.

    3. She’ll probably actually serve considerably less than that. But for a nonviolent crime, I think 90 days is sufficient. Remember, jail really does suck.

      1. ~24 hrs in the drunk tank was all I needed to learn that lesson. And that’s not *really* even jail.

        I personally think of public corruption as a type of inverse-treason (state unlawfully aggressing against citizens) and that it should carry a rather high penalty, nonviolent or otherwise. Furthermore, the people involved (a state AG, for the love of God) are absolutely aware of what they’re doing and the punishment it entails, unlike a 15 year getting busted for weed or something along those lines.

      2. Nonviolent? She stole money from all Pennsylvanians under threat of force(taxes) and used it prosecute personal vendettas under color of law.

  4. “Through a pattern of systemic firings and Nixonian espionage, she created a terror zone in this office,”

    Strong woman!

  5. “she created a terror zone in this office”

    Welcome to the terrorzone

    NSFW and offensive

    1. Naw, you gotta go more literal than that.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHUJ8AlMHgc

      1. They only sing that hymn in the more liberal parishes.

  6. see normally when a Democrat has a scandal, you have to wait until page 8 to see the word “Democract”. When it’s a republican …. “The Republican mayor committed fraud , who was a Republican, and is being tried this week. Did we mention he was a Republican? And know we are off to interview other Republicans as they try to distance themselves from this Republican”

  7. One down, too many to count left to go…

  8. It’s a start.

    1. Like dismantling the great pyramid one grain of sand at a time.

  9. Those are the eyes of someone who will. not. quit. ever. Judge Wendy better watch her back.

    1. She looks crazier than the vampire chick in Robby’s Tufts University article.

      1. I know, the crazier she gets, the hotter she gets.

        1. Don’t stick your dick in there!

          1. “Don’t stick it IN crazy, stick it TO crazy!”

            Penn DOJ

    2. That’s the delicious look of someone who can’t believe that’s really happening to her. Since it was a booking photo (per the credit) it was probably taken shortly after she was formally charged.

      There is a photo of her in handcuffs after being sentenced in the Delco Times article (first link in article) with accompanying video.

      Interesting that she’s serving that in county jail. I guess since the sentence has a lower limit of ten months she gets to serve in jail instead of prison (felonies, sentence twelve months or longer).

      1. To pile on…the photo used in the H&R article is the look of someone who can’t believe this is happening to her because that deputy taking photos of me should be following her orders, not ordering her around.

        She has earned everything she gets. Enjoy your first jailhouse shower, cupcake.

      2. Interesting that she’s serving that in county jail.

        I’m sure the fact that she’s part of the ruling class has nothing to do with it.

        As a former prosecutor, I’m sure she has plenty of buddies in the police force who will make her stay far more comfortable than anything the common rabble would experience too.

        1. I could see it going either way. She doesn’t like someone who is nice to the help. I wouldn’t be shocked if there are a few cops and county prison guards out there she’s slighted.

          1. The guards are most likely Sheriff’s Deputies, the same folks who also do courtroom security, and prisoner transport. So totally likely she’s interacted with some of them before.

  10. The moral of the story being: the only time you have a prayer of holding a rogue prosecutor accountable is when xe targets politicians. Even then, it’s not a sure thing; ask Ted Stevens about that.

    1. I have yet to see what this woman did wrong. I don’t think Grand Jury proceedings should be secret. All she did was leak grand jury testimony that showed her political opponents were crooks. I think the public has a right to know that. It seems that these grand jury proceedings were nothing but white washes designed to show that the prosecutors were “looking into it” without actually doing anything. This woman leaked the testimony and made the whole thing look like the sham it was.

      Yeah, lying about it was a crime. But what she did should not have been a crime in the first place as far as I can see.

      1. That’s pretty much how I’ve read this case too. All in all though I have no problem stringing up a politician.

      2. All she did was leak grand jury testimony

        Its certainly a violation of the federal rules of criminal procedure, and, I suspect, state rules of criminal procedure as well. I gather its generally enforced as contempt of court. Kane was charged with illegally leaking information. Not sure exactly what statute that is, but yeah, there’s an underlying offense here, no question.

        1. FRCrP only applies in federal court, of course, but those procedures are generally not that different from various state rules – chain of custody of evidence, disclosure, timely filing, etc.

        2. There is an underlying offense but it is one that is very selectively enforced and which I don’t think should be an offense at all. Reason and the rest of the media act like this women did something that should be a crime and I don’t agree.

          1. Al Capone was arrested for tax evasion. I don’t think there should be an income tax. I’m not crying him a river.

          2. How about perjury, for one?

          3. I don’t think should be an offense at all.

            You don’t think grand jury proceedings, which are prosecutor-only affairs and are not subject to many of the rules of evidence, should be kept secret?

            1. No. I don’t. I think they should be public. What is the interest of keeping them secret? The testimony is under oath. Since when does the lack of the ability to cross examine render something automatically untrue?

              1. Even if I don’t think a certain law should exist, if the people in charge of enforcement are caught violating a law, then throw the book at them. I don’t think it should be illegal for some 25 year old to have a dimebag. But if a local cop is busted with some some weed, then screw ’em, they’ve ruined plenty of others lives for less.

      3. Yeah, lying about it was a crime. But what she did should not have been a crime in the first place as far as I can see.

        What I’ll ask is, do you think for a moment that if a non-politician was found guilty of the same thing, they’d be let off? Or would they be screwed to the wall (probably by Kathleen Kane) such that their grandchildren wouldn’t even know them.

        1. If she had leaked grand jury testimony involving someone the powers that be didn’t like, she would have never been charged in the first place.

  11. Maybe she’ll get nostril-fucked by some pencil dick prison guard.

    1. Which would give her grounds to sue the state. Hell, even if she’s assaulted by other inmates that’s a failure on the part of the state to protect prisoners in their custody. Not that people like her actually care about that…until it happens to them.

      Suspect that she’ll get the royal treatment and have few interactions with other inmates.

  12. Finally convicting 1 out of thousands of corrupt politicians is not really a great pat yourself on the back moment.

    1. Hillary would be a good get though.

    2. It’s a start. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

  13. She embarrassed other Democrats. So the law really applies to her. Sorry but after Hillary every time I see the feds put anyone in jail, it just pisses me off more.

    1. She was convicted under Pennsylvania law, not federal law. Otherwise, why would a county judge be imposing her sentence?

  14. Wendy Demchick-Alloy, the judge who sentenced Kane, accused her of being a political neophyte who remained a campaigner after winning office. This case is about ego?the ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One,” the judge said. “This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant? felt had embarrassed her in the press.”

    I’d like to think that the open quotation marks began before Wendy. Reads so much better that way.

    Judges are already assholes; they might as well start referring to themselves in the third person.

  15. They should have given her the chair.

    Fucking cunt.

  16. Did she waive her right to appeal? If not, then she has at least one appeal in state court. As she is high profile she’ll probably be allowed to stay free until the appeal is done. So it may be a while before she sees the inside of a prison.

  17. So Reason is hitting me with pop-up ads now, despite my ublock.

  18. Just like Elliot Spitzer.

  19. So…. She faced 14 years on the felonies alone, and ended up getting 10 months (don’t pretend like she’ll go for the 23).

    So, with good behavior, she’ll be out in what, 6? That’ll teach her to abuse public office! These politicians are finally going to learn to not be corrupt!

    1. She’s got eight years of probation after she gets out. And she has lost her law license. I suspect she’d have a tough time finding a position in any law-related field including teaching law school. So her life will be very, very different for the next decade or so.

  20. OT: Popular Republican To Vote For Democrat in Third Consecutive Presidential Election

    Not much in the link, but this tweet sums it up:

    Robert Brodsky @BrodskyRobert
    Boom. Colin Powell says he will vote for Hillary Clinton. Says will serve w/ distinction and cites experience and stamina

    BOOM. Game over, motherfuckers. Colin Motherfucking POWELL is voting for Hillary. Mic. Dropped.

    1. I am pretty sure no one cares who Powell if voting for. Whatever credibility he had as “Mr. Reasonable” ended when he went for Obama in 2012.

      1. +1 Yellowcake curveball.

    2. Colin Powell is the epitome of a RINO.

      1. Establishment all the way, baby!

    3. Colin Powell has been wrong about a lot of things.

      He was wrong about mobile WMD labs.

      He was wrong about Saddam Hussein collaborating with Al Qaeda.

      He was wrong about trusting John Bolton.

      He’s wrong about Hillary Clinton.

  21. So, she got less than one to just less than two years for a crime that carries a sentence of up to ten. She was released on bail within a couple hours of the sentencing.

    Anyone want to wager what would happen to the non-politically connected?

    1. State-sanctioned woodchipper?

  22. I read stories like this, and it makes me feel warm and tingly inside, but then I start wondering–why hasn’t this happened to Hillary?

    Hillary took taxpayer money intended for the “widows and orphans” who lost their life savings in a failed S&L, and she diverted it into her husband’s campaign fund by way of a loan to a failed real estate development partnership that she put together at Rose Law–a loan that was never meant to be repaid. Everyone in the partnership went to jail for it–including the sitting governor of Arkansas–except for Bill and Hillary.

    Hillary used classified FBI files to dig up dirt on her political enemies.

    Hillary fired the White House travel staff so that she could give lucrative contracts to politically connected friends from Arkansas.

    Hillary stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture and china from the White House when she left. The Clintons were eventually forced to either return or pay for it all.

  23. Hillary took accepted from foreign governments while she was the Secretary of State

    Hillary’s campaign paid people to incite violence at Trump events and shut them down.

    Hillary’s cronies were given immunity by the FBI in the email scandal for no reason, and the FBI took it upon themselves to destroy her cronies’ laptops.

    Hillary’s cronies paid $675,000 to the wife of the FBI investigator who lead the criminal investigation into Hillary’s email server.

    She is such a nasty woman.

    Hillary belongs behind bars, but we’re about to give her executive privilege, the power to pardon, and the bully pulpit, too?

    This is a living nightmare.

    1. But she’s every Reason writer’s second choice after WeedMan, and Trump is very scary (for some reason) and says mean things.

      1. Well, she’s a goddamn crook seven ways to Sunday, and she’s an authoritarian in both paying thugs to disrupt her rival’s political rallies with violence and using the FBI to dig up dirt on her political enemies.

        On the bright side, she hasn’t been recorded saying she likes to grab people by the pussy?

        Has the whole world gone insane?

  24. “There is no more torture in the world than to watch your children suffer and know you had something to do with it,” she said. “I have been punished.”

    Why am I not surprised that a former prosecutor and the state’s top legal functionary thinks of a prison sentence in terms of punishment rather than rehabilitation or recompense or protecting society from unrepentant evil-doers? Did she even think to plea that she had learned her lesson and would never again be in a position to abuse her authority and that perhaps a thousand hours or so community service spent in legal aid for indigent defendants might be a better way to pay her debt to society?

    1. “There is no more torture in the world than to watch your children suffer and know you had something to do with it,” she said. “I have been punished.”

      If there’s no worse torture, then doing it from behind bars should be no big deal.

    2. There is no more torture in the world than to watch your children suffer and know you had something to do with it,” she said. “I have been punished.

      Oh, well, if your kids has a sad, that truly is punishment enough. Time served!

  25. *looks at picture*

    Why the hell do I find her attractive?

    1. I don’t have nearly enough psychiatry degrees and clinical experience to even try to answer that question.

  26. “Her criminal convictions stemmed from documents her office leaked related to a 2009 investigation into an NAACP chapter president led by a prosecutor in her office she considered an enemy and which did not lead to any charges.”

    Who did she consider an enemy, the NAACP chapter president, or the prosecutor in her office?

  27. Dem Chick Sentenced By Demchick

  28. Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Who Said She Was Fighting Corruption Going to Jail Resigned after being convicted.

    What a trooper, fighting corruption even on the way to jail!

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