“…Kathleen Kane wasn’t honest when she said she prosecuted 3,000 cases. It turns out she tried about 24.” (PA Atty. Gen. original and revised ads)

Claim:  “…Kathleen Kane wasn’t honest when she said she prosecuted 3,000 cases. It turns out she tried about 24.”

Ad(s):  More Like 24 Cases; Can’t Trust Kane

Sponsor(s):  Republican State Leadership Committee

Air Dates: More Like 24 Cases:  Sept. 20-24, 2012; Can’t Trust Kane: Sept. 24-present

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:  $277,432

Race:     Pennsylvania Attorney General

Markets:  Philadelphia, PA and Harrisburg, PA (More Like 24 Cases, only)

Stations:  Philadelphia:  KYW, WCAU, WPHL, WPSG, WPVI, WTXF ,  Harrisburg: WLYH  (More Like 24 Cases, only)

 

FactCheck.org Summary:  “The 3,000 figure is a back-of-the-envelope calculation based on assistant district attorneys typically being assigned about 25 cases a month. According to the campaign, ‘prosecutions’ includes everything from filing pre-trial motions to bail hearings to actual trials. Kane was in the Lackawanna County DA’s office for 12 years. So 25 cases times 12 months times 12 years comes to 3,600 cases. The campaign said she rounded down just to be safe. .. Kane also told the  Patriot-News  for the same story that she tried about two dozen cases in court. These are not conflicting statistics, as the ad suggests. One could argue whether it is puffing up one’s record to count every bail hearing or pre-trial hearing as a “prosecution,” but it simply was not a matter of Kane ‘admitting’   the 3,000 prosecutions were   ‘more like 24′”

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