“Porngate” Press Conference Cancelled

Kane-ConferenceToday was supposed to be the day that special prosecutor Douglas Gansler revealed his findings about the scandal surrounding the lewd emails that were sent and received by public officials.

Solicitor General Bruce Castor, however, is not satisfied

According to Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis of the Inquirer, Castor believes the report isn’t ready for prime-time.

“Looking at the emails, I was unable to follow which folks sent what – and if I can’t understand it, how are we supposed to explain it to the public,” Castor said. “There is no way this is ready to go. It was incomplete.”

The dispute highlights a complex situation that has existed ever since the Attorney General’s law license has been suspended. She appointed Castor to do the work she couldn’t and hired Gansler to conduct the investigation she wanted. At the moment, though, the report is indefinitely delayed.

“I’d rather hear whether the law was being properly enforced rather than whether a bunch of adolescent emails were being sent around,” Castor told McCoy and Couloumbis. “I don’t care about the outcome of the report. I just want it to be thorough and complete. I didn’t want little pieces of the pie, and that’s what I got: I got a porno slice.”

Looks like Gansler will have to go back and find as much of that pie as he can.

29 Responses

  1. HaHaHu aka BRETT COTT When Fina put you in jail for stealing and you begged him for a break did you really pee your pants. Plus, what adult man who wants to be taken seriously uses words like troll or clown car. Did you play with trolls in prison. What do you play with in New York? You’re have proved your bypass against mentally handicapped children in your words and actions. Does that make you feel tough?
    Anyone who is a serious Democrat needs to know what sort of piece of sh-t Cott is. Look at autistic children, kids with Ashburgers, or speech defects do you want to be Brett’s buddy when he call these children Re-Ards. Calling people trolls. There is something wrong with COTT maybe it happened in prison maybe not. Re-added children now maybe you’re children next since he is also obsessed with calling people he knows nothing about child molestors almost an obsession maybe he developed these urges in jail maybe not. Get some help Brett Cott you need it as well as anyone who may support you.

  2. We have to make sure the next AG and DA’s across the State were not people who signed this “minority report” that stuck it to poor people convicted of crimes they did not commit.

    From PennLive article —

    “The committee’s work took four long years but, in 2011, it released its report, a 316-page tome that thoroughly analyzed the causes of wrongful convictions and offered a series of recommendations to fix the problem.

    The committee’s recommendations included greater preservation of biological evidence, changes in witness interviews and photo lineups, state-based funding for indigent defense services, video and audio recording of interrogations, and compensation for people who are wrongly convicted.

    Unfortunately, law enforcement released its own minority report. That report diminished the committee’s recommendations and refused to even acknowledge the reality of innocent people in prison.

    Signers of the minority report included Ed Marsico, Frank Fina, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

    Perhaps most appalling of all, the minority report called the idea of compensating wrongly convicted people “preposterous.”

    At least one of the people who signed that report, Frank Fina, thinks he deserves taxpayer $$$ and has sued the State trying to get some. But – he doesn’t think people who get sent to jail by corrupt prosecutors like him should recover. Shame on him. And shame on Seth Williams for continuing to employ him.

  3. The people in Seth’s inner circle are all just looking out for Seth — keeping him out of jail and managing his in-the-toilet political career. They could not care less about the D.A.’s Office – which for 20+ years was doing just fine. Seth Williams is just an ambitious tool. He is a soulless politician with no morals. Ask his ex-wife.

  4. Whistleblower – Yep. They are all BAD NEWS. And they are all in bed together.

    Levant’s wife has ZERO qualifications for the job she was handed. She is a sleaze. And if it is true that her husband represented Seth Williams, they will all be indicted.

    The Press is giving them a pass for now. But that won’t last long. Everyone that works at the DA’s Office knows that DA Seth Williams has turned over the reins to Frank Fina and Mrs. Levant … a racist pervert and his lawyer’s wife. Everyone knows that they mis-treated two hard-working career prosecutors who stood up for women and minorities. The Office is in mutiny. Morale is low. And the DA thinks he can deflect attention away from his corruption by getting his ass kcked by a defense attorney.

  5. Lots of powerful people worried about this report.

    Fina and his partners in crime again calling for release of “all the e-mails.” Here’s why — they want to see which ones Kane has.

    The O knows.

  6. Bungy-

    SpongeBob claims he lives in a pineapple under the sea, but I think he really lives under a bridge, like most trolls.

  7. Oh!! I forgot about “Jessica Myers” … The troll has SO MANY screen-names. But DD only needs one restraining order!!

  8. Fina fans??? What Fina fans? Not sure I have ever met one. There are Fina shills, though ….

  9. SpongeBob is shocked that most posters weren’t around during a major holiday weekend. SpongeBob is not too bright.


    It will be interesting to see what all of Fina’s fans have to say if he is being investigated by FBI and if he leaked grand jury material or was complicit.

  10. Oh – this is VERY on-topic Mr. Bob

    The people who attacked Kane did so because of Porngate (and other misdeeds). They should not be allowed to have their smear campaign work without the truth coming out about them.

    The mess created by Fina and Kane has been called a circular firing squad. Seth Williams voluntarily walked into it. He has been called to the carpet my many a Philadelphia leader. He recently demoted a top employee who had the sense to recommend that he fire the racist prosecutors (something his gut should have told him anyway).

    Farnk Fina is a part of every Kane story. And Seth Williams is now too.

  11. Not only has Seth Williams not fired the racist Frank Fina, Fina is the highest ranking Hate-gate participant left. But Seth Williams is letting Frank Fina run the Philadelphia DA’s Office.

    How else can the hiring of the new 2nd-in-command Kathy Martin be explained?

    Martin has a shady background (representing rapists, drug dealers and murderers). She was a part time prosecutor for a cup of coffee in rural PA somewhere. And then – all of a sudden – she is 2nd in Command in a big city D.A.’s Office (Philadelphia)!!!

    Weird huh?

    Kathy Martin’s title is “Chief of Staff” and “General Counsel.” She has ZERO general counsel experience and just about no prosecutorial experience. Did she interview with the Hiring Committee? Did she get vetted by HR folks? How did she walk off the street into a six-figure salary with the City?

    Hmmmmmm …… Let’s see …..

    When Kathleen Kane won the AG race, but before she took office, then Deputy AG Frank Fina finalized his “unjust” plea deal with Tyron Ali – the con-man cooperator in the sting case. Bruce Beemer, the 1st Asst at the OAG who testified AGAINST Kane, called Fina’s plea deal “unjust.” Frank Fina dropped all of the over 2,000 criminal charges that were pending against Tyron Ali. Fina also let Ali keep the $430K he stole from a non-profit set up to help children. That was taxpayer $$$. Wh’d Fina let him keep it?

    Con-man Tyron Ali is represented by Bob Levant. Fina negotiated that sweet deal, in the 11th hour (right before Kane was set to take over) with attorney Bob Levant.

    And now Fina is suing the AG’s Office for more taxpayer money. And guess who one of his attorneys is? Yep — Bob Levant.

    Rumor has it that Bob Levant has also helped Seth Williams with the FBI’s criminal investigation into Williams.

    A ways back, Seth Williams hired Frank Fina. Whether he knew of Fina’s “e-mail issues” when he hired Fina we may never know. But Williams certainly knows now. And the Superior Court just called Fina’s conduct in the Penn State case “highly improper.” Williams certainly knows that too.

    “Chief of Staff/General Counsel” is a high paying job. Six figures. Seth Williams hired Kathy Martin off the street into that job. She has zero general counsel experience and hardly any prosecutorial experience.

    But – guess what? Kathy Martin is Bob Levant’s wife!!

    Now – Seth Williams’ “Chief of Staff” is in the Press, speaking on behalf of the Philadelphia DA’s Office, defending and praising her husband’s racist client – Frank Fina.

    Huge coincidence, huh?? I think not. It’s no wonder that Williams refuses to fire Fina. They are in bed together. Levant and Martin are on that stinky mattress too.

    Is it OK that Kathy Martin, a high-paid City employee, has a financial interest in smearing the AG and propping up her husband’s racist client – Frank Fina?

    Is it OK that Seth Williams has a financial interest in keeping Fina around? Just look at who is running Seth Williams’ PAC. His name is Mike Barley. And he is a Corbett guy – just like Frank Fina. Google “On the Rocks – Seth Williams” and read the article. You will see Seth Williams’ motive here — political survival. He has no friends and no money. Fina & The Corbett Pervs are his only hope!!

  12. I find it amazing that all of these people posting in this thread who are constantly posting about Fina and Williams were all silent for a few days this weekend and then magically all of them happen to come online again at the same time. I mean there was a thread about Kane with like 90 plus posts and almost no comments from the Fina/Williams brigade. It’s so weird how they “all” took the weekend off and now “all” are back online at the same time. Oh and to stay on topic, Castor probably cancelled it because it would have been another partisan hack fest instead of really just releasing all of the emails for everyone to see. Let all these emails out for everyone to see who sent what to whom and how/if at all did it carry influence over legal decisions. Let the media and the public call people to task over what they sent and what they said.

  13. Are the Feds investigating Fina and Levant too? Or just Seth Williams? Because it seems that Fina, Levant and Levant’s wife are up to no good. They seem to think they can use the DA’s Office as a way to increase the value of their lawsuit(s). And if Seth Williams is paying Levant with a salary to Levant’s wife, then all three need to be indicted.

  14. To answer your question about why certain things are reported and other things are not, see article below:

    The PA Corruption Network’s Playbook

    The similarities between the prosecution of Kathleen Kane and of the PSU 3 reveal the “playbook” of Pennsylvania’s corruption network

    The cases of current Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Kathleen Kane and that of former Penn State University (PSU) officials (i.e., the PSU 3) are connected by a common thread.

    A group of the Commonwealth’s attorneys, judges, political operatives, and their media accomplices — hereafter referred to as the “network” — used trumped up charges, purposely misinterpreted laws, and oversold highly dubious evidence to convict these individuals in the court of public opinion.

    After examining the timelines and evidence of these cases, it appears that the network has a well defined playbook for taking out its targets and it works like this:

    1. Individuals within the network fear their own heinous acts may be exposed and publicly accuse their opponents of crimes as a means of deflecting attention away from themselves.

    2. The network next co-opts individuals close to the target(s) –insiders — to assist in setting up the target(s) to be charged with perjury and other crimes.

    3. After the insiders have sufficiently undermined the targets (using various means of deception), the network’s attorneys and/or judges leak damaging information about the targets to the media.

    4. The media arm of the network uses the information in an attempt to compromise the targets or to promote guilt by association in the press.

    5. At the conclusion of this “framing,” that was mislabeled as a criminal investigation, attorneys go public with charging documents that allege crimes based on misinterpretations of the laws and that are chocked full of questionable testimony from unreliable witnesses, completely illogical scenarios, and dubious evidence. Perjury charges are standard in order to publicly smear the defendants as being dishonest individuals while attempting to pump up the veracity of the Commonwealth’s lousy witnesses (who would be eviscerated at an actual trial).

    6. The media accomplices ignore the illegal application of relevant laws, that the charging documents are illogical, the lousy witnesses, and the highly questionable evidence in order to continue treating the allegations as facts and even go as far as to allege the target committed crimes for which he or she has not been charged.

    7. The public falls for the deception and believes the targets are guilty of everything and are corrupt individuals — whether they have been charged with a crime or not. Citizen activists, public officials, and other groups and individuals — who are beneficiaries of the corrupt network — jump on the media bandwagon to publicly condemn the targets.

    8. Witting and/or unwitting employers recommend the targets be relieved of their duties or actually do so through employment actions — before anything is proven and without conducting a legitimate legal review.

    9. When legal proceedings in the cases reveal the false and questionable testimony put forth in the charging documents and the dubious evidence used in the case, the network’s media arm ignores the information and continues to slant the reports so the public continues to assume the targets are guilty.

    10. The legal issues from the misapplications of the laws result in appeals to the network’s judges, who refused to rule on simple matters and keep the trials on permanent hold. If the cases make it to trial, the targets will be convicted of lesser crimes — that the media will treat like crimes of the century.

    The network’s playbook achieves the goal of protecting its corrupt dealings and/or heinous crimes by never legally proving, but publicly scapegoating the targets in a media firestorm that is high in supposition and light on facts.

    To wit: the grand jury and Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman did not find the evidence to charge AG Kane with directly leaking grand grand jury information in the Mondesire case, but you wouldn’t know that if you just read the news headlines.

    Instead, they charged her with perjury (part of the playbook), lesser crimes, and for orchestrating the leaks, the latter of which Ferman and others know can’t be proven.

    Then again, the network’s playbook doesn’t include actually prosecuting the case.

  15. Nick,

    A press conference got cancelled. That’s news?

    What about the Penn State case? Isn’t that HUGGE news in PA? The Superior Court recently gutted the case. Threw out most of Frank Fina’s charges and found that Fina’s conduct was “highly improper.”

    Why haven’t you reported on that?

    Thanks you.

  16. Pat – Great points. My guess is that it’s a mix of things. Castor looking out for is pals may play into it. But – he seemed pretty honest when asked about Fina & The Corbett Pervs some time ago. He seems to know that they are bad news.

    Agreed that they probably see a need to “protect” their previous verdicts. But the e-mails would NEVER contain a smoking gun that cases were mis-handled. The bias is there. The hate-gate material is something that the prosecutors always had in their back-pockets. The chummy relationships would have NEVER led to an e-mail saying “WE AR GOING TO BREAK THE LAW NOW.”

    The way-too-chummy relationship are a problem no matter what the e-mail discussed.

  17. It’s great that Castor is there to make sure this gets handled properly.

    But I’m a little nervous that Castor (a Republican) is trying to help his buddies. Hope that is not the case. His use of the term “adolescent emails” is not encouraging. Racist emails are not “adolescent.”

    IMO – Castor wants the report to help with defend future claims by convicts that their convictions were “compromised” by Porn-gate aka Hate-gate.

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