Kane aide convicted of criminal contempt over email snooping

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 8, 2015 1:15 PM

Patrick Reese, a top aide to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, arrives for his contempt hearing Monday at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Norristown) -- An aide to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been convicted of criminal contempt after a judge found he snooped through office mails in violation of a protective order. 

Patrick Reese faces up to six months in jail on the conviction, which he can appeal. 

He is a former police chief who serves as Kane's driver and confidant. 

The email snooping occurred while the attorney general was being investigated for allegedly leaking confidential information grand jury information.

Kane now faces perjury and other charges in that case. 

Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter had ordered Kane's staff not to interfere with the investigation. 

He found that Reese had violated his order. 

Reese's attorney says he never knew about the order and was merely trying to figure out who was leaking information to reporters.

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