Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Court Releases Porn Emails Kathleen Kane Says Inspired Plot against Her

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Court Releases Porn Emails Kathleen Kane Says Inspired Plot against Her

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The state Supreme Court today unsealed court documents describing and showing pornographic emails that Attorney General Kathleen Kane alleges were the root of a plot by two former employees to have her charged with crimes.

The released documents include an emergency application filed by Ms. Kane in November seeking to have the high court quash a grand jury investigation of her. In it, she said the former employees, Frank Fina and E. Marc Costanzo, "corruptly manufactured this grand jury investigation to protect their own jobs and reputations."

"For years, Fina and Costanzo had viewed and distributed pornographic, misogynistic, racist, obscene and offensive emails using their state-owned computers. Attorney General Kane had uncovered those emails, and was set to release them to the public. Faced with their imminent personal and professional disgrace and desperate to keep their wrongdoing secret, Fina and Costanzo devised a plot to block their obscene emails from being released to the public.

"They triggered this grand jury investigation, they made materially misleading statements to the court to obtain a protective order, and through their scheming they avoided public exposure," the filing alleged.

"The grand jury proceeding and the related protective order are now preventing Attorney General Kane from investigating and potentially prosecuting Fina and Costanzo. As a result, these two men - peddlers of pornography and obscenity depositing state paychecks - are allowed to maintain their positions as Assistant District Attorneys in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office," it said.

It described several of the emails, including:

* "An email forwarded by Fina attaching altered nude photographs purporting to be of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin."

* "An email received by Costanzo with the subject 'Hot Ghetto Mess!' containing race- and class-based discriminatory text and attaching racist photographs, including a photograph of an African American baby holding a rifle."

* "An email received by Fina and Costanza with the subject 'Men in Training' attaching photographs depicting, among other things, a young boy looking into the underwear of a young girl. …

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