Kane aide convicted of criminal contempt over email snooping

Patrick Reese
Patrick Reese, a top aide to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, arrives for his contempt hearing Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Reese faces charges he snooped on emails to keep tabs on a grand jury investigation involving Kane. Montgomery County prosecutors charged Reese with criminal contempt the same day in August they charged Kane with perjury, obstruction and other charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – An aide to Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been convicted of criminal contempt after a judge found he snooped through office mails in violation of a protective order.

Patrick Reese faces up to six months in jail on the conviction, which he can appeal.

Reese is a former police chief who serves as Kane’s driver and confidant.

The email snooping occurred while the attorney general was being investigated for allegedly leaking confidential information grand jury information. Kane now faces perjury and other charges in that case.

Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter had ordered Kane’s staff not to interfere with the investigation.  He found Tuesday that Reese had violated his order.

Reese’s attorney says he never knew about the order and was merely trying to figure out who was leaking information to reporters.

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