NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A top aide to Pennsylvania’s attorney general is in court defending himself against charges he snooped on emails to keep tabs on a grand jury investigation involving boss Kathleen Kane.
His lawyer says Patrick Reese wasn’t aware of the court order protecting the emails.
Montgomery County prosecutors charged Reese with criminal contempt the same day they charged Kane with perjury and obstruction. Kane denies leaking grand jury material and then lying about it.
First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Beemer testified Monday that he and other key staffers knew of the protective order but didn’t think an email went out to the full staff.
Reese is a former small-town police chief in northeastern Pennsylvania who is now Kane’s driver and confidante.
Judge William Carpenter is conducting the hearing over the order he issued last year to protect the grand jury probe of Kane.