Kane Aide Still Getting Paid Despite Conviction
According to Wallace McKelvey of the Patriot-News, Patrick Reese is continuing to receive his $99,658 annual salary (along with $62,000 in benefits) despite being charged, convicted of criminal contempt and sentenced to 3-6 months in prison.
This runs counter to a policy signed by Kane herself in 2013 that called for employees to be suspended if they were charged for activity related to the job. If convicted, there are supposed to be fired.
“The attorney general has the ultimate authority to make the final decision on discipline,” Kane’s spokesman Chuck Ardo responded. “She has chosen to wait until Mr. Reese’s appeal is heard before acting.”
Reese illegally searched emails in order to find information on the officials in charge of the investigation into Kane as well as the AG’s political enemies.
While it is not clear why Kane has shown such favoritism towards Reese, her actions have been noted by her employees.
“There are one set of rules for Kane and her inner circle,” one staffer told McKelvey. “And another set of rules for everyone else. It didn’t start out that way, but that’s the way it is.”