WILKES-BARRE — A one-time district judge candidate pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he falsified nomination petition signatures for a city magisterial post held for three decades by his father.
Jared Martin Kane, 34, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count each of forgery, false swearing, false signatures on a nomination petition and fraudulent filing of a nomination petition. He was sentenced immediately to 18 months probation and 50 hours of community service.
Kane entered the plea at the county’s Penn Place Building in a hearing presided over by retired Monroe County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerome P. Cheslock. The former judge was brought in to preside over the proceeding due a conflict of interest regarding the Kane family’s ties to the area, First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said outside the courtroom.
Kane’s father, Martin Kane, retired in January after serving as magisterial district judge in Wilkes-Barre since 1986. The longtime judge’s wife, Kathy, is a former city councilwoman and controller who once headed the Luzerne County Democratic Party.
Al Flora Jr., Kane’s attorney, said Kane’s parents had “a very difficult time” with the charges.
“They surely did not raise their son to engage in illegal conduct,” he said.
Flora said he believed the sentence was fair and that his client’s missteps were “an anomaly.”
“This was not a sophisticated scheme,” Flora said. “Anybody looking at the nominating petition would realize that there was a problem just by looking at the signatures. You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist.”
Allegations Kane forged signatures on his Republican nomination petition surfaced in the days leading up to last year’s May primary election, where the candidate appeared poised to succeed his father. Kane, who cross-filed to appear on both party ballots, ultimately lost the election to Tom Malloy in a landslide decision.
Over 100 of Kane’s supporters allegedly signed the notarized document, including a man who reportedly moved to another country months before etching his signature, and another listing the home address of a condemned, roach-infested home that was the scene of a 2013 homicide.
Citing “infestation,” city officials in 2013 posted the property as unfit for human habitation after Vaughn Kemp, 24, was fatally shot outside the double-block home.
Flora said Kane made “a bad mistake,” but accepted responsibility from the onset of the investigation.
“The kid just realized he let his family down, he let the judiciary down, and he let the public down,” he said. “That’s a hard thing to live with.”
In a statement to the court, Kane apologized to his friends and family and those who supported his campaign.
Following the hearing, Sanguedolce said he was pleased with the outcome of the investigation.
“We’re happy to have it completed finally. From our standpoint, the case is over,” he said, adding that Kane “cooperated fully” with investigators.
City Wide Towing owner Bob Kadluboski forwarded concerns surrounding the 107-name petition to Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis in mid-May, pressing the DA to file criminal charges against the candidate as the deadline to challenge nomination petitions had passed two months before.
Charges were ultimately filed in November. Kane elected to waive his right to a preliminary hearing and formal arraignment, sending the charges to county court.
Kadluboski on Wednesday lauded the efforts of the county district attorney’s office and state police in landing Kane’s plea, but said he still questioned who signed the forged signatures on the petition.
“From what I understand, he didn’t do it himself,” Kadluboski said. “There’s other people involved.”
Reach Joe Dolinsky at 570-991-6110 or on Twitter @JoeDolinskyTL
Marty Kane is a long time drunk who in embarrassment. Kathy Jane was as crooked as they come. She took an upscale trip with Bill Barrett to Austin, Texas and didn't tell anyone and charged taxpayers. Welcome to the W-B cesspool.
MOST URGENT ISSUE: Respondent Atty Mark Lowry vs Defendant Me, Mark Robbins on 3/21/17 in front of Judge Kaplan in Ft Lauderdale
1) Win Injunction for stalking (cyber stalking) hearing on Tues 3/21/17
2) Have the case thrown out for many errors
3) Have it continued if need be.
Sordid history of hearings
Jan 30 Initial Injunction I was never served No record of written allegations
Feb 22 Continuance Served & given 4 hours notice No record of written allegations
Mar 21 Continuance Served & given 20 days notice Written allegations appear for1st time
I filed with Judge Kaplan:
1) Motion to dismiss
2) Motion to Quash ... based on the logic that improper service made the Feb 22 hearing invalid; and if you continue this invalid hearing to March 21... then this hearing on March 21 is invalid as well.
REASONS TO HAVE THE CASE TOSSED... I looked over the statutes:
(1) Atty Mark Lowry failed to mention any pendingactions such as
- A bar complaint I filed against him which he knew about.
- The small claims action against him for $2500/
(b) The cause of action for an injunction for protection may be sought regardless of whether any other cause of action is currently pending between the parties. However, the pendency of any such cause of action shall be alleged in the petition. AND (c) The petitioner shall describe any other cause of action currently pending between the petitioner and respondent. The petitioner shall also describe any previous attempt by the petitioner to obtain an injunction for protection against stalking in this or any other circuit, and the result of that attempt. (Case numbers should be included, if available.)
(2) Atty Mark Lowry never specifically described his allegations for the Jan 30 or Dec 22 hearing.
(d) The petition must provide space for the petitioner to specifically allege that he or she is a victim of stalking because respondent has:
(Mark all sections that apply and describe in the spaces below the incidents of stalking specifying when and where they occurred, including, but not limited to, locations such as a home, school, or place of employment.)
(3) Lowry filed where the alleged cyber stalking occurred (Ft Lauderdale)
(f) Notwithstanding chapter 47, a petition for an injunction for protection against stalking may be filed in the circuit where the petitioner currently or temporarily resides, where the respondent resides, or where the stalking occurred. There is no minimum requirement of residency to petition for an injunction for protection.
(4) I have reason to believe that Mark Lowry NEVER requested service for the Jan 30 hearing. He used this as a "poker chip" to be used later to extort me.
3. Within 24 hours after service of process of an injunction for protection against stalking upon a respondent, the law enforcement officer must forward the written proof of service of process to the sheriff having jurisdiction over the residence of the petitioner.
(5) Lowry signed under penalty of perjury... and there is perjury throughout.
(f) Every petition for an injunction against stalking must contain, directly above the signature line, a statement in all capital letters and bold type not smaller than the surrounding text, as follows:
I HAVE READ EVERY STATEMENT MADE IN THIS PETITION AND EACH STATEMENT IS TRUE AND CORRECT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE STATEMENTS MADE IN THIS PETITION ARE BEING MADE UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, PUNISHABLE AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 837.02
The hurdle rate I must exceed:.
My air tight defense against Lowru:
The hurdle for me as a defendant in this case is to
demonstrate I had a legitimate purpose in contacting the lawyer I
dismissed, namely Mark Lowry. The Florida Bar provides me with several
legitimate purposes for contacting my former attorney.
From Florida Bar Homepage:
1) Legitimate Purpose #
1The FL BAR instructs that I contact my attorney and try and settle with
him. Obviously if I am my communications aren’t answered either
didn’t receive my communications and thereby I should keep trying, or
was purposefully ignoring me and in so doing… absconding
1) absconding with
my $2500 retainer fee, and
2) willfully disobeying the
Florida Bar instructions that we communicate and try and settle.
It appears he was willfully ignoring
me because on page 4 of Lowry’s written allegations, Mark Lowry states, “I have
not responded or initiated contact with respondent since last November.”
is important to point out ne never once, orally or in writing, specifically
asked me not to contact me. .
2)Legitimate Purpose #2 If I can’t communicate with him, the Florida bar provides
another legitimate purpose for contacting him. The bar suggests I send in
writing my reasons for termination. I performed this duty fully by providing
Mark Lowry with a full bar complaint prior to me mailing the complaint to the
Florida Bar and how his actions would be portrayed on my anti-corruption blog.
3)Legitimate Purpose # 3 The bar
instructs that I inquire about fees which is obviously a legitimate purpose for contacting someone. I very
clearly did this in that I made it clear to Mark Lowry that
A)I inferred it is irregular and
improper to accept cash. (He accepted$2500
in cash and just scribbled a "receipt on the back of a business card.
B)It is improper for menotto receive any
C)It is impropernotto
inform me of his hourly rate
D)It is impropernotto
send me an invoice of any work performed.
E)It is impropernotto
put my money in a trust account
that he burned through $2500 in 11 days
G)It is beyond credulity that not
even a nickel was returned to me.
4)Legitimate Purpose # 4 As a courtesy to Mark
Lowry, I pursued thelegitimate
purposeof trying informing him
of the fall out of his actions. I offered Mark Lowry the chance to make things
right before I took predictable, logical, and fully legal actions which served
as consequences for what was clear in my mind as theft. These actions
The blogger of WB Truth realizes the great power of this blog. I respect this power with reverence and care. I will never intentionally hurt innocent people and I promise to remain true to the theme of this blog which is to expose corruption.
I hereby proclaim to all, through both private and public domains, that if this blog has posted any defamatory, slanderous, or libelous statements or comments or wordings anyone and they can prove the statements to be untrue, the author of this blog will hastily set the record straight. If errors are made, this blog will make full, complete, and thorough retractions in an effort to make these people whole. This remains a standing offer. But you must tell me.
This blogger has agreed and still agrees to taking a concomitant polygraph test with anyone who wishes to challenge the credibility and truthfulness of this blog. Though I have taken a polygraph test in the past, no one has countered by taking one themselves. WB TRUTH has over 6 million page views. The blog started in Wilkes-Barre PA and has expanded to south Florida.
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C) Putting several disclaimers on my
site. stating if anything is untrue I will change it immediately and retract so
the person is "whole" again. Mark Lowry has never contested anything
stated on my blog.
I NEVER threatened
Lowry with violence. I never followed him. I don’t know where he live or even
who is in his family. I simply advised and explained to Lowry the predictable
consequences if he persists in his unethical ways
Ask any company: "Does John Doe work there?" If he doesn't work there you get a quick "no" from the company. Easy.
Baby Kane - (Corrupt) Momma's Boy
Try asking the Penguins if Jared Kane was hired. Simple Question.
THUGS ON ICE
If you call the Penguins (570 208 7357) you will be hung up or or dodged. "No" comes very easy when that's the answer. A "Yes" however seems to be way more complicated. Why? Why hide a new employee? Some companies publicize hirings in the paper. Ticket holders... consider the ethics. 1) How does one hire a butcher to PR? 2) Do the Penguins have no standards in terms of criminal behavior? He plead guilty to forgery within the last year!! 3) It is also suggested there have been one or two rehab stays for which there is evidence they did not work. If the above is accurate, the Penguins hired a recent criminal who is an alcoholic and has continued to drink after one or two rehabs. Nice.
His supporters are alleged alcoholic parents. The life lomg alcoholic father (Marty Kane) was once so drunk that he was french kissing a transgender person in full view while at Katana's. 1) Did the Penguins interview other candidates? 2) Were other candidates criminally and drug free? More qualified? Of course not. This is a joke. It is a scam. It clearly was not a fair (and legal?) hiring process. Only corrupt morons hire a butcher for PR job. Until the Penguins come clean... I encourage that fans NOTbuy tickets for an organization so alarming corrupt. This smells to high heaven. Good people who ignore corruption become part of it. Vote with your wallet. Say enough is enough!