By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane today was vigorously defending her decision not to bring charges against several state lawmakers from the Philadelphia area caught on tape accepting illegal payments.READ MORE: After Firing Coach, Flyers Drop 9th Straight, 7-5 to Avalanche
At a press conference in Harrisburg, Kane said the biggest reason she believes the investigation is fatally flawed is the credibility of the informant posing as a lobbyist who allegedly captured audio of the lawmakers accepting payments.
She says the informant was charged in a massive fraud case before he agreed to wear a wire and operate under cover with investigators.
“Those charges involved stealing from the mouths of poor children and seniors, and his involvement in the theft from a nonprofit,” according to Kane.READ MORE: Joel Embiid Scores 43, 76ers Hold Off Pesky Hornets In OT
Another big reason for cancelling the prosecutions, Kane says, is her allegation that an order had been given to target only black legislators.
“We have two independent sources who reported it to two independent law enforcement agencies, and we also have documentary evidence. That was enough for us to make it one of the factors (not to prosecute)” she said today.
Her decision, she says, comes even though there is evidence that certain legislators were taking money — and that, she adds, is a crime.
Kane says the investigation was poorly managed and that at least two other law enforcement agencies reviewed the case and agreed that it could not be salvaged.MORE NEWS: Quadruple Shooting In Brewerytown Sends 4 Males, Including Teen, To Hospital: Police