Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane continued last week to release sexually explicit and otherwise crude emails from state employees as she battles to retain her job following her indictment last August on charges of leaking documents and obstruction of justice.
Meanwhile, Kane denied Nov. 5 that state officials improperly leaked grand jury testimony leading to the conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach and charity foundation leader Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted in 2012 of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a 15-year period in a case brought by Kane's predecessor in 2012.
Kane, the first female and first Democrat to hold the top law enforcer's post in Pennsylvania's history, seeks to show that her indictment was reprisal for her probes embarrassing high-level officials on courts and both political parties in a variety of ways.
Kane, shown in a file photo from a recent press conference, refuses to resign despite the indictment and being stripped of her law license by the State Supreme Court. She has resisted many demands for her resignation by prominent officials, including from Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat.
“I will not allow them to discredit me or our office,” Kane wrote in one email to colleagues disclosed in the investigation. “This is war.”
Investigative reporter Wayne Madsen is among Kane's defenders.
His September column PA Supremes suspend anti-pedophile crusading Attorney General's law license reported parallels between cover-ups of the Sandusky pedophile crimes at Penn State and those involving the "Franklin Scandal" ring based in Nebraska that trafficked teens from the Boys Town orphanage to powerful and wealthy perverts in Omaha, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
That tale is recounted also, among other places, in a 2009 book authored by Nick Bryant, The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal and also in a similar grim tale of law enforcement run amok, Confessions of a DC Madam, published earlier this year. It was co-authored by Bryant and convicted male madam Henry Vinson, who says he provided male escorts to elites in the nation's capital and resisted requests for underage prostitute before suffering harsh retribution from law enforcers who kept customer names secret.
More than two decades ago, federal and authorities ruled that initial investigators were wrong to believe a pedophilia scandal had occurred based in Nebraska implicating prominent suspects there and in Washington, DC, among other places. Authorities imprisoned teenagers for long terms on perjury charges in grossly irregular proceedings, much to the alarm of the leader of a legislative committee investigating the scandal, Loren Schmitt, and sentenced several adults to terms on embezzlement or minor sex charges. The state's major newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald, headlined the exoneration
More generally, the spectacle of Pennsylvania's top law enforcer unilaterally releasing salacious emails while battling other top officials raises troubling questions as-yet unanswerable.
For now, one has to consider the possibility that few if any in this drama truly have clean hands. Keeping this possibility in mind is the only safe way for a reader to assess the situation as it now stands.
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Newsmax, Kathleen Kane Email Scandal Continues With Release of More Raunchy Tidbits, Clyde Hughes, Nov. 6, 2015. The email scandal involving Kathleen Kane continues to play out in Pennsylvania as the state attorney general fights perjury and obstruction charges by releasing raunchy and racist emails allegedly penned by current or former public officials. Sandusky's attorney is working on an appeal and had hoped to get the former coach's convictions overturned. The court appearance is just the latest legal tangle for Kane, who is facing calls for resignation from Pennsylvania lawmakers, including the governor.
She has vehemently denied all charges and claims the case against her is nothing more than a witch hunt started by a group of state prosecutors and judges "passing pornographic, racially offensive, and religiously offensive emails amongst each other — email traffic sent and received on government computers, and on government time," she said during an August news conference.
"The emails range from Penthouse-fare pornography to memes that are swapped on forums like 4chan and random images with racist or sexist commentary," Metro US wrote of the emails, many of which have been released. "Several of the emails originated with Frank Fina, a former prosecutor at the Attorney General's office who is currently employed by the Philadelphia D.A.'s office."
"One email from Fina, titled 'New Office Motivation Posters,' has five pornographic images attached of women in office attire that are too graphic for Metro to post even in edited form," the newspaper continued.
AP via Huffington Post, Top Prosecutor Keeps Releasing Raunchy Emails, Stirring Further Scandal, Marc Levy, Nov. 5, 2015. The state attorney general has rejected calls for her resignation as she awaits trial. Facing criminal charges, relieved of her law license and threatened with removal by the Legislature, Pennsylvania's attorney general seems to have decided that if she has to go, she's going to take others down with her. Since all three branches of state government began moving against her over the past year, Kathleen Kane (shown in a file photo) has released hundreds of sexually explicit or otherwise crude emails that had been sent or received by current or former public officials on their government accounts.
The tangled scandal has led to the downfall of a state environmental secretary and shamed a state police commissioner, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice and several former top officials in the attorney general's office. Another high-court justice resigned after newspapers disclosed his involvement. Kane has threatened to release more, and the state Capitol is ablaze with speculation about whose emails may be next in the drip-drip-drip of disclosures. "It's a mess. It's just a freaking mess," said John Morganelli, the Northampton County district attorney and a Democrat who at one time supported Kane. "Accusations and counter-accusations. And it gets worse every day. It's like going into a war zone."
Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), PA Supremes suspend anti-pedophile crusading Attorney General's law license, Wayne Madsen (shown in a broadcast screenshot), Sept 23, 2015. (Subscription required; excerpted with permission from the WMR website).
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has followed through with its threat to suspend the law license of crusading anti-pedophile Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Since being elected Attorney General in 2012 with a promise to thoroughly investigate the cover-up of the pedophile ring established by convicted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and his Second Mile Foundation, a charity intended to assist troubled youth, Kane has faced constant bi-partisan political attacks from those who want to continue the cover-up, including members of the Supreme Court.
In a joint investigation of the Kane case conducted by WMR and Infowars.com, it was discovered that the array of interests which have weighed in against the embattled Attorney General is immense. A rally on behalf of Kane held in the rotunda of the state capitol in Harrisburg on September 10 actually drew anti-Kane provocateurs who masqueraded as Kane supporters. One was obviously sent by Montgomery County D.A. Ferman. Others, all Penn State alumni, were there to protect the interests of the university, whose former president, Graham Spanier; former athletic director Tim Curley; and former president Gary Schultz have all been indicted and are awaiting trial on charges of perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh, Jr. was hired by Penn State's Board of Trustees to carry out an independent investigation of the Sandusky case. Although Freeh was accused by some observers with conducting a whitewash of the role of Penn State by omitting certain crucial facts involving the case, his 267-page report did accuse university officials, including the late football coach and almost-sainted figure Joe Paterno, of failing to take immediate action against Sandusky. Freeh also, according to sources in Harrisburg, shared details of his report with members of the Paterno family....
There were a number of connections between the Franklin Scandal, which centered around rising African-American Republican political star Lawrence King, president of the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha, and U.S. intelligence. Former CIA director William Colby was almost hired by the Nebraska legislature to investigate the Franklin pedophile scandal in the same manner that Freeh was brought in to investigate Penn State. The effort to hire Colby failed by a 4 to 3 vote in a legislative committee. The use of former high-powered federal law enforcement and intelligence officials to investigate sensitive scandals is seen by many as part-and-parcel of covering up the government's role in them.
One of Nebraska's shining stars in pursuing the Franklin scandal and its links to powerful politicians outside the state was Republican state senator Loran Schmit, the chairman of the legislature's investigations committee. Schmit told WMR during an interview in 2014 that he was personally threatened by the FBI if he did not drop the investigation. The FBI threatened Schmit's various businesses, including his family farm and an Indian reservation gaming venture. Schmit was also faced with a trumped up criminal prosecution by the FBI. Schmit also believes the FBI was involved in the Illinois plane crash that killed his lead investigator, Gary Caradori, along with Caradori's young son.
Metro US / Philadelphia, See the emails unsealed today that Kathleen Kane says motivated political rivals to attempt to discredit her, Sam Newhouse, Aug. 26, 2015. Attorney General Kathleen Kane has claimed that the perjury indictment against her was the result of a grudge against her after she uncovered pornographic emails had been exchanged by members of her office. No explicit or nude pornographic images are included in this post.
Before Attorney General Kathleen Kane was indicted, she uncovered a cache of pornographic and racist emails that were being swapped among high-ranking state employees at her office -- and at a recent press conference, she claimed that discovery of those emails led to her recent disgrace. Whether or not Kane — who saw perjury charges against her upheld at a Norristown hearing on Monday — was the victim of a conspiracy, the emails in question, unsealed by a state Supreme Court order on Wednesday, include explicit pornography and racist jokes being swapped among prosecutors on a taxpayer-paid salary and private attorneys. The emails range from Penthouse-fare pornography to memes that are swapped on forums like 4chan and random images with racist or sexist commentary.
Several of the emails originated with Frank Fina, a former prosecutor at the Attorney General's office who is currently employed by the Philadelphia D.A.'s office. D.A. Seth Williams released a statement that they are reviewing the emails for possible violations of office policy.
Associated Press, Pennsylvania top prosecutor says charges tied to porn emails, Peter Jackson, Aug. 12, 2015. Portraying herself as a victim, Pennsylvania's attorney general said Wednesday that criminal charges threatening to end her career were part of a "grand plan" to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails circulated among judges and state prosecutors. "I am innocent of any wrongdoing," Democrat Kathleen Kane said in her first public comments on the case.
She challenged a judge to make public the "filthy email chain" that led to last year's porn scandal, promising to call a second news conference and answer every question if the judge met her terms. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, a Republican based in the Philadelphia suburbs, charged Kane with leaking grand jury information to a newspaper reporter in an attempt to embarrass a former prosecutor she believed made her look bad, and then lying about her actions under oath. Kane, 49, faces up to seven years in prison on the most serious charge, perjury. She said the campaign to discredit her began immediately after her office uncovered pornographic and explicit videos, images and jokes in hundreds of emails while examining how state prosecutors under her predecessors handled the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
WITF (Channel 5, Harrisburg, PA), Timeline of the gathering Kane-storm, Mary Wilson, Aug. 12, 2015. Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been charged with perjury and other offenses stemming from an alleged scheme to exact revenge on her critics. How did we get here? State House Sound Bites is compiling a timeline of the events leading to this point.
Metro US / Philadelphia, AG Kane declared 'war' in document leak, prosecutors say, Dan Kelley, Aug. 6, 2015. Prosecutors say Kathleen Kane wanted to embarrass a rival prosecutor. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged on Thursday with leaking grand jury secrets in an attempt to embarrass a rival prosecutor, sparking calls from the state's top Democrat to step down. Kane, the first woman and first Democrat elected to the office, was charged with perjury, conspiracy and official oppression in the case. Prosecutors in Montgomery County said she leaked the information because she believed a prosecutor who had left her office, Frank Fina, had embarrassed her in the press. Kane, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, declared a war “conducted without rules, conducted without law and conducted without regard to collateral damage.”
Wikipedia, The Franklin Child Prostitution Ring Allegations. The Franklin child prostitution ring allegations took place between 1988 and 1991 and involved an alleged child sex ring serving prominent citizens of the Nebraska Republican Party, as well as high-level U.S. politicians. The allegations also claimed that the alleged sex ring was led by, "a cult of devil worshipers involved in the mutilation, sacrifice and cannibalism of numerous children." The allegations centered on the actions of Lawrence E. King Jr., who ran the now defunct Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Foster Care Review Board submitted the results of a two-year investigation into the alleged physical and sexual abuse of foster children to the Executive Board of the Nebraska Legislature, who were investigating reports of child sexual abuse linked to the credit union. Authorities launched a probe, interviewing a number of claimed abuse victims who said that children in foster care were flown to the U.S. East Coast and were abused at "bad parties." After investigation, a grand jury in Douglas County (of which Omaha, Nebraska is the largest city and county seat) determined the abuse allegations were baseless, describing them as a "carefully crafted hoax" and indicted two of the accusers on perjury charges. The grand jury also suggested that the abuse stories originated from a vindictive employee terminated by Boys Town, the famed refuge for troubled youths. Later, a federal grand jury concluded that the abuse allegations were unfounded and indicted 21-year-old Alisha Owen, an alleged victim, on eight counts of perjury. The same grand jury also indicted multiple officers of the credit union, including King, for crimes related to the embezzlement of funds from the credit union. Alisha Owen served 4-1/2 years in prison.
Associated Press via New York Times, Omaha Tales of Sexual Abuse Ruled False, Staff report, Sept. 27, 1990. A Federal grand jury concluded today that stories of sexual abuse and drug trafficking that swept this city and the state capital after the failure of a credit union here were unfounded. The grand jury indicted Alisha Owen, a 21-year-old woman who had told a legislative committee that she was a victim of sexual abuse. She is charged with eight counts of perjury.
Shortly after the failure of the Franklin Community Credit Union in November 1988, there were widespread allegations, repeated by legislative leaders, that money from the union had been used to finance child prostitution. The same grand jury last year indicted Lawrence E. King Jr., a prominent Republican who was manager of the credit union, on 40 counts of conspiracy, fraud and filing false tax returns in connection with the failure of the institution in November. The Federal grand jury today indicted an officer of the credit union, Sandra Prucha, charging that she used expense vouchers to obtain cash and credit, then used the cash and credit for her personal use.
The Franklin Scandal by Nick Bryant (shown in file photo) (TrineDay, 2009), The Franklin Scandal is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring’s pimps were a pair of Republican powerbrokers who used Boys Town as a pedophiliac reservoir, had access to the highest levels of our government, and connections to the CIA. Nebraska legislators nearly exposed the ring in 1990, but its unveiling had the potential to produce seismic political aftershocks, so a rash of deaths and a full court press by federal and local law enforcement effected an immaculate cover-up.
State and federal grand juries in Nebraska and a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia played an integral role in the cover-up, and the author has had access to thousands of documents that would ultimately be sealed by the two grand juries. My documentation includes Omaha Police Department reports and internal memos, Nebraska State Patrol reports, Nebraska Department of Social Services reports, internal Boys Town reports, victim debriefings, hundreds of the ring’s airline receipts, etc.
The power elite sating their appetite for forbidden fruit via pedophilia and pedophiliac sadism is an evil that dates back millennia: Roman emperor Tiberius reportedly indulged in pedophilia and then murdered his victims. Moreover, pedophile rings linked to the powerful have recently been exposed in Belgium, Portugal, Chile, and Mexico. The Franklin Scandal will be the first commercially-published book to tell the tale of a power elite pedophile ring in the U.S. and also of the cover-up of its heinous crimes. Various news organizations have attempted to break aspects of this story, but the reports have either been ignored or mysteriously shelved. Major news agencies, including ABC, have backed away from pursuing this story; conversely, CBS abetted its cover-up. It’s obvious that very powerful people have a vested interest in safeguarding this secret.