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Porn emails cited by Pennsylvania AG are unsealed; she says senders 'manufactured' case against her

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unsealed 398 pages of emails containing pornographic, racist and sexist materials that were sent and received by state employees on office computers, including lawyers and agents with the Attorney General’s office.

Newly unsealed documents also include a petition filed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane alleging two officials in her office “corruptly manufactured” an investigation of her to shield the offensive emails from release to the public, report the Legal Intelligencer (sub. req.), the Morning Call, the Associated Press and

Kane, a Democrat, alleged that former Republican state prosecutors Frank Fina and Marc Costanzo were “peddlers of pornography” who secured a probe of a grand jury leak that led to criminal charges against her.

According to the AP, the newly released documents “include scores of emailed images of nude or scantily clad women, some involving sexual acts, distributed among prosecutors and agents who were employees of the [Attorney General’s] office at the time. Others had jokes that played on racial stereotypes or other material that could be viewed as offensive.”

Kane’s petition seeking to quash the leak probe claimed the emails sent or received by Fina included photos of nude women with Sarah Palin’s head superimposed on the bodies, and a photo of a white man carrying a bucket of fried chicken struggling to get away from two black men, according to the Legal Intelligencer. However, Fina “did not appear to be the most prolific sender of the unsealed emails,” the story says.

The Morning Call posted a sampling of the emails here.

Updated at 12:18 p.m. to add political affiliations.

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