Cumberland County DA says op-ed wasn't meant as criticism of Kane

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jul 8, 2014 4:06 AM

(Harrisburg) -- In an op-ed, the commonwealth's most prominent group for prosecutors argues state Attorney General Kathleen Kane used the Jerry Sandusky case for political gain, but one of the authors is arguing others are misinterpreting the piece as a criticism.

Two District Attorneys, along with Cumberland County DA David Freed, who is also the President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, wrote the op-ed.

But in a recent appearance on WITF's Smart Talk, Freed appeared eager to move past questions raised in the op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Instead, he says, it's important to move forward and work together to study the report on the Jerry Sandusky prosecution recently released the Attorney General's office 

"We wanted to support our fellow prosecutors who did a great job in convicting Jerry Sandusky and putting him away for the rest of his life, and call on our Attorney General now that this is finished to move on together with us, to put these lessons into practice, and make sure something like this never happens again."

The op-ed says Kane used the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky as a talking point in her campaign for the office, and quibbles with Kane's reasoning no child abuse cases she prosecuted took so long.

Freed insists it was about supporting prosecutors who work on cases like Sandusky's.

"I have a lot of doubts about things in my life, but one of the things I don't have any doubt about is that we'll continue to maintain a professional relationship with the Office of Attorney General and work together to get the job done," says Freed.

The Republican lost to the Democrat Kane in the AG's race in 2012.

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