Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane issued a pointed challenge week to one of the loudest critics of her decision to quash a sting investigation targeting corruption among Philadelphia lawmakers: You think the case is so solid? You prosecute it, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. In a letter to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Kane said “any law enforcement agency interested in taking this case should do so.” Williams wrote back within hours, telling the attorney general to hand over the original evidence as well as any internal memos, letters, and e-mails from her office pertaining to the case.
Williams offered no promises. He said Kane’s criticism of the investigation and its key undercover operative since the Inquirer first reported the aborted sting last month may have permanently tainted any potential prosecution. The sting captured four members of the state House and a Traffic Court judge on tape taking money or gifts from an undercover informant before Kane shut it down shortly after taking office last year. Kane described the operation as poorly conceived, badly managed, and possibly tainted by racial targeting. All of the elected officials who sources said took money or gifts were African American.