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  • Kane has said she abandoned the investigation into the public officials because of concerns it was poorly managed, it may have improperly targeted subjects based on their race and it was not likely to result in any successful prosecutions.

    Informant claims he bribed several Pa. lawmakers →

  • "We reviewed this case and according to our standards of prosecution, according to our duty, according to the law and according to our high professional morals and ethics, we said that we could not prosecute this case and it should not be prosecuted," Kane said Thursday.

    Informant claims he bribed several Pa. lawmakers →

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