SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The attorney for Pennsylvania’s former top law enforcement officer is arguing that a drunken-driving case against him should be dismissed because prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence.
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that defense attorney Jason Mattioli also seeks to bar prosecutors from presenting results of a field sobriety test of . He further wants to bar video purportedly showing her drinking before her arrest and testimony about her refusal to submit to a blood alcohol test.
Fifty-six-year-old Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in the state, is awaiting trial in Lackawanna County Court on charges of driving under the influence and careless driving in connection with a minor accident March 12 in Scranton. Kane has denied that he was intoxicated, maintaining that the crash occurred because he made a wide turn to avoid a snowbank and slid on the ice.
The motions come three months after a magisterial district judge found sufficient evidence to send the case to county court — a Mattioli ruling is appealing — and mirrors many of the arguments he raised at the hearing in July.
The arresting officer said he smelled alcohol coming from the car, which the defense said came from another person in the vehicle, but did not detect alcohol coming from him. The defense also cites statements from seven other law enforcement officers, six of whom said they did not smell alcohol or witness signs of intoxication on Kane’s part.
Mattioli said the field sobriety test was an unwarranted “fishing expedition” and established protocols weren’t followed. He also said his client’s refusal to submit to