Kane invites Philly DA to take case she abandoned

HARRISBURG (AP) – State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is challenging one of her harshest critics to prosecute a public corruption case that she decided to abandon over concerns it was poorly managed and might have targeted people because of their race.

Kane wrote in a letter to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a fellow Democrat, that “any law enforcement agency interested in taking this case should do so,” and invited him to accept the evidence from her office.

The newspaper has reported that four black Democratic state lawmakers from Philadelphia were captured on tape accepting cash from a confidential informant working for the state attorney general’s office. State prosecutors agreed in late 2012 to drop more than 2,000 charges against the informant, Tyron Ali, a businessman and lobbyist who began to secretly record contacts with public officials from Philadelphia after being charged in a fraud case five years ago.