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January 08, 2015

Twitter reaction quick on news Kathleen Kane could face charges

Kane's attorney believes the recent report could be a violation of the Grand Jury Secrecy Act.

According to sources, a grand jury is recommending Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane face criminal charges, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The news shot through the Commonwealth's political class with some noting the irony of a leak coming from a grand jury  investigating allegations that Kane leaked secret information to a newspaper to harm political enemies. 

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In a statement published by The Morning Call, Kane's attorney Lanny J. Davis claimed his client had done nothing wrong or illegal. Davis also said that the leak to the Inquirer could represent a violation of the Grand Jury Secrecy Act, saying "I wonder why the supervising judge who appointed the special prosecutor to investigate the Attorney General hasn't initiated a grand jury investigation of this leak or any of the other previous leaks from this same Grand Jury process."

Joel Mathis of Philadelphia Magazine points out that if Kane is charged, she'd be the second Attorney General in 20 years to face criminal charges. Also, an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, posted shortly after the Inquirer report, details Kane's rise to political prominence along with her recent legal troubles.

The decision to press charges now falls on Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who will review the panel's findings.

Others were quicker in their response. 

Twitter reactions (especially among Republicans) were swift and harsh: