The leak case against Attorney General Kathleen Kane is costing more than just time and reputations.
It's also costing money.
The state Attorney General's office has paid just over $40,000 to private law firms to represent employees who were summoned to testify in the leak investigation, records show.
The agency shelled out $40,010 to five firms between November of last year and April of this year, according to information obtained through two public records requests.
You can expect this total to rise. Though the grand jury that heard evidence in the leak inquiry completed its work last year — recommending criminal charges against Kane — the matter has been turned over to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
Ferman has said she is reviewing the case to decide whether to charge Kane. Translation: the legal costs could continue to pile up.
Kane has said she is paying her legal bills out of her own pocket, and the records released by the Attorney General's office do not show any payments to her private lawyers.
Kane's office redacted the names of all current and former employees whose legal bills were paid for by the state.
It did identify five law firms that submitted invoices: the Law offices of Howard Bruce Klein and Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle & Flores, both in Philadelphia; Fetterhoff and Zilli in Harrisburg; and Caputo & Mariotti and Kurt T. Lynott, both in Lackawanna County.
The leak investigation was run by special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio, a Montgomery County lawyer.
Carluccio launched his inquiry last August, looking into allegations that Kane's office disclosed grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News about a long-dormant investigation from 2009.
The grand jury that heard the case concluded late last year that Kane herself orchestrated the leak to embarrass former prosecutors in the office with whom she had been feuding — and then lied about it under oath.
Kane has said she has done nothing wrong.
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