HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane will continue to oppose newspapers’ requests for pornographic emails her office holds that were not released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, she said Thursday.
Dozens of employees were in email links made public Wednesday by the high court. The almost 400 pages of graphic emails had been attached to a legal filing last year from Kane’s office.
Those are not all of the emails and related records, Kane said in a statement her office issued a day later.
“Some of the materials, currently in possession of the (Office of Attorney General), were never submitted to the Supreme Court as part of any proceedings,” she said.
The attorney general said she would seek court approval before releasing them.
The Tribune-Review and Philadelphia Inquirer had filed open records requests, and Kane’s office appealed to Commonwealth Court a decision allowing her to make them public.
Kane has said the trove of emails recovered from the office computer system is central to her defense on criminal charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. She’s accused of leaking information from a 2009 grand jury investigation to get back at a political enemy, but Kane contends two former state prosecutors who traded porn were out to get her and started the investigation that led to her criminal case.
“You got to hand it to her — she has a sense of drama,” said House Republican spokesman Stephen Miskin.
Kane’s investigators found the emails with pornography and racist and religiously offensive jokes on state computers. Prosecutors, agents and others shared them during the administration of former Republican Gov. Tom Corbett when he was attorney general.
Others continued to be sent and received after Kane, a Democrat, took office in 2013.
Any of Kane’s personal emails that contained work-related issues would not be subject to open records disclosure because almost all would fall under the law’s exception for “attorney work product,” said her spokesman Chuck Ardo.
Brad Bumsted is Trib Total Media’s state Capitol reporter. He can be reached at 717-787-1405 or [email protected].