Philly DA criticizes Kane’s handling of sting case


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia’s district attorney is criticizing Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to scuttle a sting operation in which five Democrats – including four state lawmakers – were allegedly caught on recordings accepting money or gifts.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) on Saturday says District Attorney Seth Williams has written an opinion piece for Sunday’s paper questioning Kane’s decision – and defending two investigators who worked on the probe for the attorney general’s office before going to work for Williams.

Williams, who is a black Democrat, denies the investigators were motivated by race in targeting the black lawmakers as Kane has suggested. Kane, a white Democrat, cited that and other factors in shutting down the investigation, which was begun under her Republican predecessor.

Williams writes, “I have seen racism. I know what it looks like. This isn’t it.”

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