Judge tosses defamation lawsuit against Pennsylvania AG Kane

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, saying any comments she made weren’t damaging enough to warrant litigation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/2av5Owo) on the ruling in the lawsuit filed last year by five former Pennsylvania prosecutors and investigators, including former state prosecutor Frank Fina and former State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

They said Kane released information about pornographic videos and images in their state email accounts out of spite to tarnish their reputations because they had criticized her public statements and decision not to prosecute certain high-profile cases.

The judge on Tuesday noted that any untrue comments didn’t lead to job losses or discipline.

Kane awaits trial next month on charges she violated grand jury secrecy rules, allegations she denies.

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