Aide to Pa. Attorney General wants snoop charges axed

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 16, 2015 1:50 AM

(Norristown) -- A top aide to the state attorney general wants a judge to dismiss a charge that he snooped on emails to help her keep tabs on a grand jury investigation.  

A lawyer for Patrick Reese has asked Judge William Carpenter to drop the criminal contempt charge because he wasn't aware of a court order barring him from searching the email archive.

Reese is also asking Carpenter to recuse himself from his trial, scheduled for December.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Montgomery County prosecutors charged Reese on August 6, the same day they charged Attorney General Kathleen Kane with perjury, obstruction and other charges. 

The 48-year-old Reese is accused of violating Carpenter's order by searching the email archive for information about a court-ordered grand jury probe into allegations Kane leaked investigative information to a newspaper.  

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