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HARRISBURG, Pa. – During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane claimed her indictment for allegedly leaking secret grand jury testimony was in retaliation for uncovering “filthy” sexually explicit emails on the computers of some state employees and staff members in the state attorney general’s office under former Republican Governor Tom Corbett and state judges.

CaptureKane called upon Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge William R. Carpenter, who oversees the grand jury system in southeast Pennsylvania, to release more of those emails.

Today in response Judge Carpenter released the following statement:

“Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not filed with me any petition, pleading, motion or other request for Court action. Accordingly, I will take no official action at this time.
As the Supervising Judge of the 35th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, I made no decision based upon politics, gender, anger, bias or prejudice. The emails that are in Attorney General Kane’s possession were not introduced into evidence before the 35th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury.
The 35th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury was composed of honest, hardworking men and women, Democrats and Republicans, with various ethnic and employment backgrounds. I take this opportunity to thank them for their work.”

William R. Carpenter
Supervising Judge of the  35th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury

Kane, who took office in 2013 is the first woman and first Democrat to be elected Pennsylvania’s attorney general. Last weekend in Montgomery County she was formally charged with obstruction,  official oppression, perjury, and false swearing. She has refused calls for her resignation and says she will vigorously fight the charges against her.