Pennsylvania’s embattled top prosecutor is calling for the release of pornographic material on state servers that she says will help exonerate her of charges relating to the leak of confidential information about a political rival to a newspaper. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who faces charges including criminal obstruction relating to a leak about a rival, said on Wednesday that those charges were part of 'a stealth political weapon' against her. Kane, 49, who in 2012 became the first woman and first Democrat elected as the state's top prosecutor, has vowed to fight the charges, though she would have to step down if convicted. "Today, I call upon judge William Carpenter to once and for all authorize the immediate release of all pornographic, racially offensive, and religiously-offensive e-mails currently in possession of OAG (Office of the Attorney General) and state servers," Kane said. "I do that not as part of some vendetta, I do that to begin to tell the truth, and the whole story. A story that is critical to my defense against these charges," she added. A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 24. Kane has said she is innocent and will not resign. Criminal charges filed against Kane last week include obstructing administration of law or other government function, official oppression, criminal conspiracy, perjury and false swearing. A special grand jury in January recommended charges of perjury and obstruction against Kane in connection with a leak to a Philadelphia newspaper of confidential information about a political rival. The charges stem from her feud with Frank Fina, a prosecutor for the former attorney general, Republican Tom Corbett, over alleged delays in pursuing child sex abuse charges against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has been investigating the grand jury's conclusions since April.