Kathleen_Kane_AG_croppedPennsylvania Attorney General claims charges are payback by political establishment

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has responded to a multiple-count criminal indictment against her, claiming it is payback from the state’s political establishment for planning to reveal pornographic and racist emails from judges and state prosecutors.

“I am innocent of any wrongdoing,” said Kane. “I neither conspired with anyone nor did I ask or direct anyone to do anything improper or unlawful.”

“My defense will not be that I am the victim of some old-boys’ network. It will be that I broke no laws of the Commonwealth. Period,” said Kane

“She said the campaign to discredit her began immediately after her office uncovered pornographic and explicit videos, images and jokes in hundreds of emails while examining how state prosecutors under her predecessors handled the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky,” The Associated Press reports.

“Some involved in this filthy email chain have tried desperately to ensure that these emails, and more importantly their attachment to it, never see the light of day,” Kane said.

“But she challenged a state judge to make public the “filthy email chain” that led to last year’s porn scandal, promising to call a second news conference and answer every question if the judge met her terms,” the AP reports.

Kane is accused of illegally leaking information from a 2009 grand jury investigation of Philadelphia political activist and former NAACP chapter President J. Whyatt Mondesire.

Kane allegedly leaked the information to embarrass Frank Fina, who ran the attorney general’s public corruption unit under Kane’s predecessor and who declined to indict Mondeshire.

Fina has been a critic of Kane’s comments on the Sandusky investigation.

She is also accused of lying to a grand jury investigating that leak and directing state employees to spy on investigators.

Kane has irritated politicians of both parties.

According to the Allentown, Pa. Morning Call:

Kane won election in 2012 in large part by vowing to investigate why it took several years for authorities to arrest Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach now serving 30-60 years for sexually abusing 10 boys.

She entered office in 2013 as a rising star in Democratic politics. She won praise for rejecting as unconstitutional a contract that Corbett had sought to privatize management of the state lottery system, and for closing a gun-purchase loophole.

Kane also won plaudits from some for not letting her office defend the state’s 1996 law outlawing gay marriage, infuriating some Republicans. A federal judge later found the law unconstitutional.

But 2014 was rocky for Kane. She had to retract false or exaggerated statements related to criminal matters. Some county prosecutors criticized her for openly feuding with the state police and other prosecutors.

Kane does not plan to resign, and some Pennsylvania legislators are considering impeaching her.