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The Kane Report: A credibility killer

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Monday, June 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

There are a number of takeaways from Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's forthcoming report on then-Attorney General Tom Corbett's handling of the investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of Jerry Sandusky, Penn State's serial child molester:

• First, of course, is the finding (according to sources) that Mr. Corbett, a Republican and current governor, did not delay the investigation of the former assistant football coach for political gain.

• Second is the conclusion that Corbett's office did not necessarily err in using a statewide grand jury to build the state's case.

• Third, Ms. Kane, a Democrat who commissioned the report by a third party, is forced to wipe egg from her face. Not only did she allege Corbett “probably” allowed politics to influence his decision-making in the case, she maintained that impaneling that grand jury wasted too much time.

• Fourth, from the tenor and framing used in the report — no accusatory nature and just the facts, ma'am (again, based on the information of sources) — the report, written by Widener Law School professor H. Geoffrey Moulton, comes across as eminently credible.

Kathleen Kane staked much of her personal and professional reputation in making accusations against Tom Corbett. And while there likely is additional material to be gleaned from the full report, it's clear that Kane's credibility has taken a significant hit.

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