Racist emails could impact pending criminal cases against two black legislators

PHILLY.COM: …[Defense attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr.] soon would learn of accusations that top prosecutors on Bishop’s case had instructed the lead investigator to “target” black politicians, even though a confidential informant, Tyron Ali, initially had pointed them in the direction of at least four white state lawmakers, according to a May 2013 memo written by First Deputy Bruce Beemer to his new boss, Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

This summer, Peruto, along with the rest of the public, learned that Frank Fina and Marc Costanzo – the top prosecutors on Bishop’s case – had sent and received racist and pornographic emails while simultaneously building their case against Bishop and other black legislators. At the time, they worked for the Attorney General’s Office.

Now it appears that the racist emails could affect the pending criminal cases against Bishop and state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown… (more)

EDITOR: So now we learn why Attorney General Kathleen Kale was unwilling to prosecute the African American politicians for which she has been so criticized. She learned of the prosecutorial misconduct. The case had been tarnished.

Updated: November 24, 2015 — 12:45 pm