Two State Attorneys General Charged Criminally In Same Week

Kathleen_Kane_AG_croppedUnknownWe have previously discussed the criminal investigation of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for alleged prosecutorial misconduct. Kane, once a rising Democratic star in the state, has now been charged with leaking grand jury information and lying about it to a grand jury. She is not alone however. In Texas, her counterpart was also charged this week with criminal acts of securities violations. Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is now a criminal defendant facing two counts of his own.

The investigation of the grand jury focused on the alleged the leaking of two memos: one involving a 2009 grand jury investigation as well as an internal memo leaked to the Philadelphia Daily News in 2014 on the findings of the 2009 investigation.

Charges against Kane include obstructing justice, official oppression, conspiracy, perjury and false swearing. She stands accused of leaking information to political operatives in hopes of embarrassing former state prosecutors viewed as her enemies. Kane was reportedly furious about a story in 2014 by the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled “Sources: Kathleen Kane shut down probe of Philly Democrats.” It made Kane look like she was protecting fellow democrats. Kane allegedly wrote her media strategist that same day that “I will not allow them to discredit me or our office.” She then said “This is war.”

If so, she may prove it greatest casualty with this sweeping indictment and says that she orchestrated the leaking of secret 2009 grand jury documents conducted under her predecessor and a senior deputy attorney general. The case involved the alleged misuse of grant money by an NAACP boss, who was never charged.

Notably, charges were also brought this week against another state attorney general: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The Republican is charged with soliciting investors in a local company without properly registering under state law. He alleged violated state securities law by soliciting investment clients for the firm of his friend and campaign donor. He faces two charges of securities fraud in excess of $100,0000 and a third felony charge for allegedly advising or representing investors without properly registering, according to booking records.

24 thoughts on “Two State Attorneys General Charged Criminally In Same Week”

  1. Someone w/ even an ounce of sense and honor would have focused on the Texas guy. But you see, this ilk has to trash our judicial process in order to try and save a lying, corrupt, evil, Dem. It’s mind boggling.

  2. Let us compare the two indictments. Kane saw a story that was false to the core, and possibly leaked info that was presented to a grand jury which then found NO crime had been committed as the press had alleged. So for this telling of the whole truth on this case, she is charged.

    Our infamous AG here in Texas admitted he committed fraud, violated the laws, paid a $1000 fine civil penalty and thought he could buy off the legal system. All this was known at the time of his election, and the sheep of the GOP thought having a crook in office is fine with them. Then the legislature took away the ability of the Travis County DA to prosecute political corruption and transfered it to the local DAs who are more friendly to the politicos who might get caught. So Paxton had to go back to his home county to turn himself in. The post failed to mention ALL of his charges, and that he personally made over $60,000 off of his clients without informing them he was getting a 10% commission on his recommendations. He also bilked an investor out of a major amount of money as well. My first thought is to not care about Paxton and his crooked deals since he is stealing from the rich to give to himself. Pure capitalism with no regulation is what he is in favor of, so he is not a hypocrite, even if he is corrupt. I am astounded that he was even indicted since the local DA did not kill it. i guess he has enough enemies at home too, so he doesn’t have to worry about the ones in Austin. But he should not worry since he will be pardoned by our equally corrupt Guv Abbott who made his money from a lawsuit he won against another wealthy Houstonian when a tree branch fell on him. I have cut down lots of trees in my day, and it is damned hard to get hit by falling branch. He became a millionaire from that.

  3. I’d have no problem with a bill of particulars presented to a Grand Jury being made public without revealing the deliberations or make up of said jury. Secrecy has limits and the grand jury process should remain secret, but the particulars presented by a given prosecutor don’t warrant this protection. YMMV….

  4. Hahaha see the rule of law does apply to everyone regardless of status here! This is clearly a front… But at least charges were pursued..

  5. Eric Holder’s Just Been Connected to ISIS Terrorists in This Shocking Way

    We all know Eric Holder has it out for the United States of America and our right to the second amendment.

    He said loud and clear when he first came into office he was intent on dismantling our way of life when it came to the use and ownership of guns.

    What we could have never known is Eric Holder’s promise to do this would result in Muslim terrorists using our very own guns against us….

  6. State Attorneys General and General Petraeus are charged.

    “Fast and Furious,” etc., Eric Holder and “Secrets and Servers,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton get off scot free.

    Oh, and how about that egregiously criminal Extreme Court that now commingles the definitions of words of the English language, such as “state” and “federal?”

    Did I mention the ineligible imposter President is being sued for “overreach.”

    In this case, the federal AG should be tried for the corruption of bias, negligence and dereliction.

    The Extreme Court should have been jailed long ago.

  7. Hold politicians accountable, and apply the law equally. That is the only way to make politicians behave themselves. I am so tired of the pay-to-play and abuse of power in politics. If they’re guilty, make an example of them.

    I wonder if Marilyn Mosby, the DA in the Freddie Gray case, will join this infamous list one day.

  8. Like Spiderman’s uncle said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Double the sentence.

  9. BOTH of these corrupt politicians need prosecution. For liberals to question our grand jury laws to try and save this lying SOB is typical. And, for conservatives to defend the Republican feeding off the public trough is equally gutless. The duopoly needs to be held accountable. Then maybe they will lose their grip on our necks and gonads.

  10. I DO agree about having “24 citizens review facts”, lets just not make a big secret out of what they are, or are not told.

  11. The grand jury system is a reasonable attempt to preserve privacy as part of discovering true facts. That it is perverted by politically ambitious hacks should not take away from the benefits of having 24 citizens review facts.

    QUOTE “has now been charged with leaking grand jury information and lying about it to a grand jury”

    As we can see “true facts” don’t always come out.
    Plus the prosecutor can get any result they want by how much evidence they give a grand jury, but since everything is secret, there is no way to know when they haven’t presented all the evidence…to get the result they want.
    So there isn’t enough benefit to the current system to keep it as is.

  12. I am disappointed.
    Our fledgling banana republic needs more, not less, prosecutorial misconduct, until it becomes a meaningless term, like “marriage” and “fetus” and “tax-not-a-penalty.”

    The IRS did it right.
    Destroy your opposition by illegal means.
    Sure, the oppo can p*ss and moan, but they lose and stay losers, and the IRS comes out untouched.

    Pretty soon “illegal” will be disallowed as a word, much as it is for ‘aliens,’ or -better yet- trivial.


  13. Diverging from the ‘blind justice’ intent of the law for personal or political reasons should be dealt with in a most severe manner. Firstly, the law, which is not subject to interpretation stemming from personal bias, but must be tempered with case by case circumstance, cannot be used as a tool to support personal gain. This is a move backwards in any society. We read about it with disdain daily. Secondly, those that work for the public good and abuse their obligations and privileges should be held to a higher standard. There should be no outside the law nor an inside the law.

  14. The “No True Bill” handed down on the Michael Brown case was correct. The release of the evidence thereafter was totally correct. The failure of Jay Nixon to post the National Guard in front of the doors of the stores on the night that the No True Bill was released to the public was a crime. Citizens of Ferguson and Dellwood need to be united and to form a civilian militia with rifles and grenades so as to shoot the looters on the next attack on the stores and people of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson and Dellwood in North Saint Louis County.

    The prosecution of a prosecutor is a rare thing. We need to examine these two cases on today’s topic more thoroughly and again down the road as things develop.

  15. Are these charges in Texas being brought by that loose cannon they have down there?

  16. I’m pretty surprised that leaking grand jury information is being charged as a crime. If this trend continues much of DOJ and the FBI will be behind bars fir exactly the same thing.

  17. The gentleman, John, obviously doesn’t understand the principle of a grand jury. No system to root out the truth from torture to sworn oaths is perfect. The grand jury system is a reasonable attempt to preserve privacy as part of discovering true facts. That it is perverted by politically ambitious hacks should not take away from the benefits of having 24 citizens review facts. Is it easy to get an indictment, sure. That makes it all the more telling when a “no bill” is forthcoming.

  18. A Grand Jury is just a tool to get information covered up, especially in police abuse cases. They need to do away with the secrecy anyway.
    But then I guess that would be real ‘open government’ & transparency. Even in this example, I guess the attorneys have a embarrassing secret to hide.

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