As Kathleen Kane receives her ninth charge, it’s worth thinking about how much is known about the Attorney General and how little is known of the second biggest figure in this saga.
Frank Fina, a prosecutor for the Philly DA and formerly of the AG’s office, is hardly ever in the public spotlight despite his involvement in the infamous lewd email chains.
David Gambacorta and William Bender of the Daily News attempted to dig deeper and find out more about the man behind the emails.
The picture associates and contemporaries paint is of a dedicated, hard-working lawyer whose email activities are mind-boggling.
This was perhaps best exemplified by the comments of Mike Veon’s defense attorney Dan Raynak.
“If he thinks you’re going to punch him in the face, he’s going to punch you five times in the face,” he said. “That’s the way Frank is. His attitude is, ‘I’m going to crush you.’ He plays to win.”
“Would it surprise me that he was doing something that he shouldn’t? No,” Raynak stated. “But I can’t say I anticipated he’d be caught up in something like this.”
Gambacorta and Bender also detail how ex-State Rep. Brett Feese is filing a petition accusing Fina of getting a job for the law clerk of the Judge presiding over Feese’s trial.
They also reveal that despite statements from Seth Williams, there were complaints about Marc Costanzo from female employees in the DA’s office. Costanzo is Fina’s closest confidante and was also heavily involved in the email chains.
The release of more emails, though, could drastically increase the spotlight Fina faces in the weeks to come.