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AG will not file charges against Philly lawmakers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says her office will not pursue a case against a group of Philadelphia lawmakers who were heard on audio tapes accepting illegal money and gifts.

Kane says the key witness was not credible, and their testimony would put the case in jeopardy. According to Kane, the confidential informant cut a deal with the prosecution from the previous administration that would excuse more than 2,000 fraud charges in exchange for his involvement in the sting.

The Attorney General says her staff has listened to hundreds of hours of tapes, and she indicated that the confidential informant is the only person who can authenticate the recordings.

"The only one who can verify those recordings was the informant," said Kane, "and because the informant was tainted, those recordings may have never been able to come in court, and this prosecution would have failed."

Kane says there was evidence that the probe may have racially targeted members of the Black Caucus.  Kane says she reached out to federal investigators and the Dauphin County District Attorney to see if they had an interest in prosecuting the case, both declined.

The Attorney General challenged her critics who say she didn't pursue the case for political reasons.  She says the majority of corruption cases that her office is handling involves Democrats, including eight who are connected with the pay to play case with the Turnpike.

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