Pennsylvania attorney general to face charges for media leak: media reports

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Posted: Aug 06, 2015 10:04 AM

By David DeKok

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane could be charged as early as Thursday for allegedly leaking information from a secret investigation to a newspaper, media reported.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, a Republican who reportedly has been investigating Kane's role in the leak, called a news conference for 11 a.m. EDT but her office declined to comment on its topic.

According to the grand jury report, which was made public in April, Kane orchestrated an illegal leak to embarrass a critic and later lied about it under oath. Kane, 49, the first Democrat and first woman to be elected as Pennsylvania's top prosecutor, has denied she broke any laws.

Kane said she gave the media information but the 2014 memo she provided had nothing to do with 2009 secret grand jury information she is accused of leaking, said Lanny Davis, an attorney who represents Kane.

The grand jury said Kane was not truthful in her sworn testimony about leaks to the Philadelphia Daily News. The newspaper in June 2014 wrote an article suggesting that prosecutor Frank Fina, appointed by Kane's predecessor to head the attorney general's corruption investigations, had failed to properly investigate allegations of misuse of state funds by a Philadelphia civil rights activist, who was ultimately never charged.

"We find that the testimony of Attorney General Kane was not an honest account of the events and she mischaracterized events to cover up activities undertaken at her direction to unlawfully release documents subject to grand jury secrecy," the grand jury report said.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Bill Trott)