Special Prosecutor in the Kathleen Kane Trial, Thomas E. Carluccio, has subpoenaed two reporters from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Craig McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, in effort to learn the sources of a January 8th news article written for the paper regarding a grand jury’s recommendation for criminal charges against Kane.
The reporters will appear before a statewide grand jury in Norristown.
William K. Marimow, editor at The Inquirer, stated that the reporters would invoke Pennsylvania’s Shield Law, which is designed protect confidential sources from being named. He added that “the confidential sources who provided guidance to The Inquirer in these stories about public officials in their official duties are precisely those whom the Pennsylvania Shield Law was designed to protect from disclosure.”
These reports come two days after Kane’s lawyer, Lanny J. Davis said that his client had been subject to a “biased investigation.”
Regarding today’s news, Davis said that “there can be no doubt that the information leaked to The Philadelphia Inquirer was grand-jury protected information.”
“Now my question to the special prosecutor today – will he answer it?,” Davis asked. “Mr. Special Prosecutor, have you begun an investigation of that leak? And if not, why not?”