AG’s office eyes retaliation, privacy issues in porn scandal

Kathleen G. Kane
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane speaks during a news conference in Scranton, Pa. Kane, the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general in Pennsylvania, was charged Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, with perjury, obstruction, abuse of office, conspiracy and false swearing. She is expected to surrender and be arraigned within two days. (Butch Comegys/The Times & Tribune via AP)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office says it has concerns that disclosing more pornographic emails exchanged by agency employees could be perceived as retaliating against witnesses in the criminal case against her.

Kane’s spokesman Chuck Ardo said Thursday that Kane still intends to release more details about the scandal. It’s already resulted in numerous firings and two high-profile resignations, including a state Supreme Court justice.

Recently unsealed court documents say a grand jury judge’s protective order against retaliation wasn’t intended to prevent the appropriate public disclosure of information in the emails.

But Ardo says there remain concerns about the perception of retaliation, along with privacy and contractual issues.

Kane says releasing the information is crucial to her defense against charges she leaked information subject to secrecy protections and lied about it.

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