Kane aide defending contempt charges over email search

Patrick Reese
Patrick Reese, the driver for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, leaves the Montgomery County Court House after being arraigned, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Norristown, Pa. The former Dunmore police chief pleaded not guilty to a contempt charge stemming from an investigation of his boss. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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.

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