NORRISTOWN >> The former college boyfriend of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who also served as her first deputy, linked her to an alleged plot to leak secret grand jury information to a reporter as he testified against her at her perjury and obstruction trial.

Adrian King Jr., who worked as first deputy under Kane from January 2013 to June 2014, testified Wednesday in Montgomery County Court that on April 22, 2014, Kane asked him to deliver a package from Harrisburg to Josh Morrow, a Philadelphia political consultant and close friend of Kane. Prosecutors contend that package eventually made it to a reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News.

“She asked me to take a package. I said, ‘fine.’ I stuck it in my bag,” King testified for prosecutors during the third day of Kane’s trial, describing the package as a manila envelope.

King, of Philadelphia, claimed he phoned Morrow to arrange the exchange but that it couldn’t occur in person since King was leaving for a trip to San Diego the following day, April 23.

“Ultimately, what was decided was that I would leave the package at my house between the front door and the screen door and he would get it at his convenience,” King testified for Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.

Steele didn’t ask King if he ever opened the envelope or if he knew specifically what was inside.

But defense lawyer Seth Farber did ask those questions during a sometimes hostile cross-examination of King, who testimony revealed dated and lived with Kane in the 1990s around the time they were students at Temple University School of Law.

“I did not,” King said when Farber asked if he opened the package or inquired of Kane about what was inside.

Farber suggested the attorney general’s office would have a delivery service for such activities and he questioned if it was common for a first deputy to act as a delivery person.

“You just took it and didn’t ask any questions?” Farber asked.

“I did what she asked me to do,” King replied, adding he believed the materials inside the envelope were campaign-related.

During his testimony, King avoided locking eyes with Kane, who appeared calm as she watched him intently.

Farber also pointed out that on two previous occasions, when King testified before a grand jury investigating the alleged leak, he claimed he made the delivery on April 30.

“I made a mistake,” King testified, adding he later realized, after reviewing his phone records, that the delivery occurred on April 23.

Some courtroom spectators gasped quietly when King blurted out that he checked those phone records when “it became clear” that Kane and Morrow were trying to “frame” him. King has not been charged with any crimes.

Prosecutors allege the manila envelope contained copies of a memo and a transcript of an interview regarding the 2009 Statewide Investigating Grand Jury No. 29, an investigation that centered on a Philadelphia civil rights official and that the secret documents eventually made it to a reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News who published a story about the investigation on June 6, 2014.

King testified that he has not been granted immunity for his testimony and he appeared defensive when Farber suggested he has minimized his role in the alleged leak.

“I’ve not minimized anything. I think I’m here to tell the truth and that’s what I’m doing,” King adamantly testified.

Farber’s cross-examination of King will continue on Thursday during the trial before Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy.

Kane, 50, a first-term Democrat, faces charges of perjury, obstructing administration of law, abuse of office and false swearing in connection with allegations she orchestrated the illegal disclosure of confidential investigative information and secret grand jury information to the media and then engaged in acts designed to conceal and cover up her conduct.

Prosecutors alleged Kane orchestrated the release of the memo and the transcript of an interview, secret information, regarding the 2009 investigation to the Philadelphia Daily News reporter and selected two longtime associates, King and Morrow, to make the release of the information happen.

Kane, prosecutors alleged, plotted the release of the information in order to retaliate against a former state prosecutor, Frank Fina, with whom she was feuding and who she believed provided information to the Philadelphia Inquirer for a March 2014 article to embarrass her regarding a sting operation he was in charge of and which she shut down.

Bruce Beemer, Kane’s former chief of the criminal prosecution section, testified Kane “was not happy” when the March 16, 2014, article was published.

But defense lawyers implied Kane violated no law and committed no crime.

David C. Peifer, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Special Investigations, testified he was shocked when he read the June 6, 2014, Daily News article that contained excerpts from a transcript of an interview he conducted with an agent regarding the 2009 grand jury investigation.

“I was pissed,” Peifer, a former Delaware County prosecutor, testified on Wednesday, adding he immediately contacted Kane to inform her that he hadn’t leaked the information. “Her response was, “I would never suspect you of leaking a document, don’t worry about it.’”

Kane also is accused of lying to the 35th statewide grand jury in November 2014 to cover up her alleged leaks by lying under oath when she claimed she never agreed to maintain her secrecy regarding the 2009 grand jury investigation.

County prosecutors allege they discovered evidence that Kane signed a so-called “secrecy oath” on her second day in office on Jan. 17, 2013, promising her secrecy for statewide investigating grand juries one through 32. The oath compelled Kane to maintain the secrecy of all matters occurring before past and present statewide grand juries, prosecutors alleged.

Kane, who is not seeking re-election, has claimed she did nothing wrong and has implied the charges are part of an effort to force her out of office because she discovered pornographic emails being exchanged between state employees on state email addresses.

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