- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A county prosecutor said Wednesday she will review evidence and other material from an investigation that prompted a grand jury to recommend Pennsylvania’s attorney general be charged with perjury and other criminal offenses.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said the review will determine if a more detailed investigation is needed into allegations against Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

“This referral made to the district attorney from a non law enforcement outside entity will be carefully and thoroughly reviewed in a manner that reflects the district attorney’s commitment to fairness, integrity and justice,” Ferman’s statement read.

The announcement follows a decision by the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that a judge acted properly in appointing the special prosecutor who looked into how secret grand jury material was published by a newspaper last year.

Ferman said her review will include a report by special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio, along with “voluminous information” gathered by the grand jury.

The grand jury recommended charges of perjury, obstruction, false swearing and official oppression, but its written report has not been disclosed publicly. Kane has repeatedly denied she broke any law.

Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter named Carluccio to investigate a complaint from two prosecutors, who served in the attorney general’s office under Kane’s predecessors. They wrote him to say material from a 2009 grand jury investigation had been obtained by the Philadelphia Daily News.

Kane’s lawyers have said she authorized disclosure of a 2014 summary from her office of the investigation into the former president of the Philadelphia NAACP, which did not produce charges.

Kane is the first Democrat to be elected as attorney general since the office became an elected position in 1980. Ferman and Carpenter are both Republicans.


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