She introduced the report at a press conference this morning along with an explanation of her decision to look at the actions of the investigators.
“Everywhere I went [during her campaign in 2012] people came to me and asked ‘What took so long?’,” she explained. “I promised Pennsylvania I would look into why this took so long.”
The prosecutor appointed by Kane to review the investigation, H. Geoffrey Moulton, spoke at length about his process during the press conference.
“The report explains that we found no direct evidence that electoral politics influenced any important decision made in the investigation,” Moulton said.
Moulton did find some areas where the investigation could have been handled better, including launching a search of Sandusky’s home in 2009. He did, however, say that the decision to hand the case to a grand jury was “within the bounds of reasonable prosecutorial discretion”.
Kane made a review of the Sandusky case a significant part of her campaign for Attorney General in 2012 due to suspicion that political considerations may have caused Tom Corbett and the prosecutors to drag their feet on the investigation.
While the report found the investigation was not optimal it concluded that there is no evidence that political considerations were in any way involved with the investigation.
Update: Governor Corbett’s office has released the following statement:
“The Sandusky investigation was conducted with a single purpose: to ensure justice for the victims and families by taking a child predator off the streets. Nothing more. Nothing less.”
“As I have said many times, this investigation was conducted appropriately and timely. Because of the complexity of the case and for the sake of the victims, the investigators were careful to explore all evidence to the fullest extent. As made clear by the Moulton Report, this investigation was never about politics. It was always about the people victimized by this man.”
“I am proud of the hard work of men and women who joined in the effort to support and fight for these victims. It was, however, difficult to see their motives and professionalism called in to question. The release of this report reaffirms the integrity of their efforts. It refutes each aspect of the case that the Attorney General and others have questioned; has found no evidence of deliberate delay; and underscores the importance and appropriateness of the methods used in the investigation and subsequent conviction of a child predator.”
“As a prosecutor and now Governor, I have dedicated my life’s work to protect all victims of crime, especially the victims of sexual abuse. My record and actions attest to that.”
“I appreciate Mr. Moulton’s professional approach, thoughtful review and his recommendations.”