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Kane gives Philly DA case file for abandoned legislative sting

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:02 p.m.

HARRISBURG — After more than three weeks of sniping between Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Kane's agents on Wednesday delivered evidence from an abandoned legislative sting case to Williams' office, aides said.

“Evidence was transferred this afternoon,” said J.J. Abbott, Kane's spokesman.

Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for Williams, said the file hadn't been “inventoried” so it is not known whether it includes everything Williams sought.

Kane on April 4 told him he could have the case that she declined to prosecute. Williams asked for internal documents and email as well as evidence.

Williams has said he'll review the case in which five Philadelphia officials, including four legislators, were recorded taking cash and jewelry by an undercover informant for the Attorney General's Office from 2010 through 2012.

Kane said the case didn't pass legal muster. She claimed there had possible targeting of black lawmakers.

Former prosecutors and an agent who supervised the case now work for Williams. They denied any racism, as did Williams, the first black district attorney in Pennsylvania.

Brad Bumsted is Trib Total Media's state Capitol reporter. He can be reached at 717-787-1405 or bbumsted@tribweb.com.

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