Kane Is Charged

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was officially charged today for criminal conduct.  The charges are perjury, official oppression, obstruction of justice and contempt of court.  These are especially heinous charges for a state AG who is supposed to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth.  They stem from a Montgomery County grand jury investigation.  Kane was trying to seek revenge against a former prosecutor in her office who went to work for Philadelphia DA Seth Williams.  It escalated when Kane decided to drop an investigation into political corruption against several Philly area State Representatives.  All were caught on video accepting bribes.  She was caught lying about a supposed affadavit she had which didn’t exist when justifying her decision.

I caught Kane’s campaign lying repeatedly during her primary election contest versus Patrick Murphy.  I wrote about it at the time and her campaign communications director called me and continued to lie to me.  I wrote about that also.  One of the facets of being a blogger like me is that I get to meet and take the measure of many candidates for office.  I also interact regularly with public officials.  My gut has always been very good at determining who is good and who is bad.  It screamed at me that Kathleen Kane was as bad as they get.

I have not been at all surprised at her actions as AG.  Her two biggest faults are her extreme vindictiveness and her inability to tell the truth.  Both have resulted in these serious charges.  Official oppression means she used the power of her office to go after someone unjustly. The allegations are that she then lied about it under oath.

Ironically news that a grand jury recommended charges be brought against her were also leaked to the press.  To be fair I hope that disclosure is equally investigated and prosecuted.

Kane’s AG office has been a cesspool of failure since she took over.  Constant turnover and questionable personnel decisions have loomed over her prolonged incompetence.  She is the first Democrat to be elected Attorney General in Pennsylvania and, after her, there likely will never be another.  Republicans will use this as a weapon against any future Democrat seeking the office.  These ads write themselves.

Hopefully justice will be served.

Kathleen Kane: Parking Ticket Deadbeat?

As a prosecutor Kathleen Kane’s responsibility is to insure we all pay for our crimes and that she be an upstanding citizen obeying all civil and criminal laws.  Why then did she have fifteen parking tickets dismissed?  Gort42 has the story.  When a parking ticket is issued the registration (plate number) is recorded and if it isn’t paid within a certain period (ten days?) then it goes to a local Magistrate Court for prosecution.  Around here that might mean a constable showing up at your door with an arrest warrant.  I’m not sure what the procedure is in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties but I’m sure it’s similar.

Of course if the vehicle belongs to someone else or isn’t properly, legally registered, that poses a problem for the court.  The owner can say it wasn’t their ticket and have an opportunity to go to court and prove that fact.  More likely in this case, Kane didn’t update her registered, as required by law, when she relocated.  Therefore the court couldn’t locate the owner and dismissed the tickets.  Fifteen of them…  Or, she used her position to avoid paying her fines.

Which is it?  We already know Kane flaunts federal election law so why not local parking regulations?  The locations of the tickets issued could be interesting, were they near the courthouse?  Her favorite lunch hangout?  Her virulently anti-union trucking company Kane Is Able?

Who in the world gets so many tickets in the first place?  Responsible drivers and citizens don’t keep parking illegally.  Does she think her position sets her above the law?  What does that say about her fitness to be Attorney General?  I’d pose these queries directly to her campaign but they don’t return my calls any longer.  They aren’t good at answering questions about their candidate’s integrity though they are good at throwing threats at those who do it.

This really isn’t what we need in a public servant, even on a local level.  Is this the best her county can do for a DA?